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Second Kinect for Windows coming in 2014

Second Kinect for Windows coming in 2014

The new Kinect for the Xbox One will be bundled with the console as standard.

A new Kinect for Windows has been announced following the reveal of the updated motion sensor technology included as part of the upcoming Xbox One.

The second generation of Kinect for Windows is being released in 2014 and will include a new sensor and updated software development kit. The new hardware will boast improved precision and responsiveness with its voice and gesture commands.

'Both the new Kinect sensor and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies,' said Microsoft director of Kinect for Windows Bob Heddle. 'Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for revolutionizing gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will revolutionize computing experiences.'

The new Kinect for Windows sensor will feature a high-definition colour camera and an improved noise-isolating multi-microphone array to boost its voice recognition capabilities in crowded rooms.

The sensor will also be able to pick up on very precise motions such as the slight rotation of the wrist, body position and how wrinkled your clothes are using a method of measuring the time it takes for individual photons to rebound off an object.

Lighting conditions will be less of an issue with the new Kinect as well with the help of infrared capabilities which will also boost its ability to recognise facial features.

Further details will be revealed about the Windows version of Kinect in June at BUILD 2013.

The original Kinect for Windows package was released in February 2012, two years after the release for the Xbox 360. The SDK allows for Kinect apps to be written in C++, C# and Visual Basic .NET.

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fdbh96 24th May 2013, 19:02 Quote
I've looking to get the current one, but its a bit expensive to just experiment with, so I'll probably get the 1st gen when this comes out.
Stanley Tweedle 24th May 2013, 21:43 Quote
I'd be interested in Kinect on PC. Depending on what games and software it works with.

I'd wait for the new one though even if more expensive. Lot of extra features and precision.
The_Crapman 24th May 2013, 22:42 Quote
nevermind
RedFlames 25th May 2013, 00:03 Quote
did anyone actually buy the first one? [the short-sighted pc version I mean]... everyone i know that had a mess with the SDK used the xbox one [i know you weren't supposed to...]
Stanley Tweedle 25th May 2013, 11:57 Quote
Some guy in the US bought the first one. He was playing Skyrim with it.
Nexxo 25th May 2013, 12:20 Quote
Kinect + Occulus Rift = total immersion cheesecake.
RedFlames 25th May 2013, 14:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Kinect + Occulus Rift = total immersion cheesecake.

wouldn't you need a treadmill too?
The_Pope 25th May 2013, 14:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
wouldn't you need a treadmill too?

You mean like this one? :D

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/153919-omnidirectional-treadmill-oculus-rift-at-home-virtual-reality-finally-arrives
Nexxo 25th May 2013, 16:07 Quote
Careful now, that looks suspiciously like physical exercise...
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