Featured Articles

Intel refreshes CPU roadmap

Intel refreshes CPU roadmap

Intel has revealed an update to its CPU roadmap and some things have changed in 2015 and beyond. Let’s start with the…

More...
Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

We broke the news of Nvidia's ambitious gaming tablet plans back in May and now the Shield tablet got a bit…

More...
Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia has announced its first Android tablet and when we say Nokia, we don’t mean Microsoft. The Nokia N1 was designed…

More...
Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell is better known for its storage controllers, but the company doesn’t want to give up on the smartphone and…

More...
Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia recently released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture, with exceptional performance-per-watt. The Geforce GTX 970…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:29

Microsoft Kinect for Windows PCs now available

Written by Jon Worrel

microsoft kinect for windows logo

On sale today for $249

Microsoft's Kinect sensor for Xbox 360, confirmed last year as the Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Device in History by Guiness World Records, has now been officially made available for the Windows PC platform with all-new sensor hardware exclusively designed for close-range PC use.

microsoft kinect for windows

During the company's final press conference exhibition at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show earlier last month, company CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Kinect for Windows would start shipping on February 1st. In addition, Kinect for Windows SDK version 1.0 has been made available for download with support for Windows applications built with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

The newly release Kinect for Windows SDK version 1 offers improved skeletal tracking, enhanced speech recognition, modified API, and the ability to support up to four Kinect for Windows sensors plugged into one computer.

Unfortunately, the new Kinect for Windows PC hardware comes at a high price. Suggested MSRP is $249, with Amazon and other major online retailers already offering the package at this suggested price. Many people, including ourselves, have been asking "Well why not just buy the $99 Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360, download Kinect for Windows SDK 1.0 and call it a day?" Apparently Microsoft has made some subtle hardware changes to the Kinect sensor for Windows, including some that are particularly beneficial for close-range use.

The new Kinect hardware features a "Near Mode" that allows the camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation out to 3 meters. Additionally, it features a significantly shorter USB cable designed for close-range PC use and finally, it includes a one-year warranty and receives software updates through Windows Update for both speech and human tracking.

microsoft kinect pc hardware changes 

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows team has stated that the company plans on releasing updates to the software development kit and runtime 2 - 3 times per year and are already hard at work on the next release. While the initial cost of the new sensor remains high, Microsoft has also stated that it will offer "special academic pricing" of $149 for qualified educational users later this year.

Jon Worrel

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments