AAPL Stock: 110.38 ( + 0.8 )

Printed from

Micorosft preps Kinect for Windows with 'near mode' for PCs

updated 06:35 pm EST, Tue November 22, 2011

Kinect for Windows confirmed early

Microsoft took its expansion of Kinect a step further Tuesday with plans from general manager Craig Eisler that a new Kinect controller was coming just for Windows. The system, so far called just Kinect for Windows, will have tuned hardware and software just for closer confines, including objects that can be fully recognized as close as 20 inches. A Near Mode in software will focus on apps that are designed just for upper-body tasks.

While it will work for home users, it will also get extra support for those who want to use it for work, giving them continuous updates for the body and speech tracking components as well as full support. Just this week, Microsoft started up its Kinect Accelerator project, an incubator with a $20,000 cash incentive intended to get ten companies creating new ideas that in turn might inspire others.

Kinect's paid Windows app support was already due to go live in early in 2012 and may be joined by the new hardware in a similar time window. There will be "more" coming at launch, Eisler said.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented