Kinect for Windows coming next month
No word on the Middle East launch date yet.
At what was its last speech at the Consumer Electronic Show today, Microsoft revealed that it will launch Kinect for Windows on February 1st.
The device will be released in 12 countries initially, including UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, at the price of $250. There is no word for a Middle East launch yet.
In a statement issued on the official blog, Microsoft said it is working with 200 companies to bring applications in music, health, fitness, etc that uses Kinect’s motion wizardy to the Windows platform.
“With Kinect for Windows, we are investing in creating a platform that is optimized for scenarios beyond the living room, and delivering new software features on an ongoing basis, starting with “near mode” . In addition to support for Windows 7 and the Windows 8 developer preview (desktop apps only), Kinect for Windows will also support gesture and voice on Windows Embedded-based devices and will enhance how data is captured and accessed within intelligent systems across manufacturing, retail and many more industries. We are building the Kinect for Windows platform in a way that will allow other companies to integrate Kinect into their offerings and we have invested in an approach that allows them to develop in ways that are dependable and scalable.”
Kinect for Windows is purely a “hardware-only business model”, meaning Microsoft will not charge for the SDK or the runtime needed to use the device. This will be a great boon for developers and enthusiasts, and we cannot wait to see what they will be able to pull off with it (Minority Report interface preferable as a first).