Microsoft to release new Kinect hardware for PC next year

By on November 23, 2011
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Update to bring new features and functionality.

Microsoft will launch a new Kinect hardware for Windows next year, it announced yesterday on its official blog.

The updated Kinect for Windows will bring new “features and functionality that Windows developers and Microsoft customers have been asking for.” The Software Development Kit (SDK) will be updated as well.

“Simple changes include shortening the USB cable to ensure reliability across a broad range of computers and the inclusion of a small dongle to improve coexistence with other USB peripherals. Of particular interest to developers will be the new firmware which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 50 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation down to 40 centimeters. “Near Mode” will enable a whole new class of “close up” applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360. This is one of the most requested features from the many developers and companies participating in our Kinect for Windows pilot program and folks commenting on our forums, and we’re pleased to deliver this, and more, at launch,” wrote General Manager Craig Eisler on the blog.

Let’s hope to see some great applications using Kinect.


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