Microsoft Kinect for Windows Launching in 2012

Microsoft Kinect SDK for Windows

Microsoft have announced plans to bring their popular gesture-based Xbox 360 peripheral to Windows PC’s in 2012.  Following an earlier announcement that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, Microsoft have now confirmed an updated Kinect device to go along with it. 

The modified Kinect device will have updated firmware allowing it to focus at the much less than living room sized distances involved (as little as 50 cm), as well as a shorter USB cable with a dongle to improve compatibility with other USB devices.

Keen to promote development with the Kinect device, Microsoft are launching the Kinect Accelerator program to help tech startups using Kinect on Xbox 360 or PC. 

The Kinect Accelerator will give 10 tech-oriented companies using Kinect (on either Windows or Xbox360) an investment of $20,000 each, plus a number of other great perks. Applications are being accepted now through January 25th, 2012

Microsoft are going to be pushing and supporting this technology in a big way, and it’s easy to see why.  Gesture and voice control for a home PC coupled with a possible Metro- style future Windows 8 user interface makes for an exciting future for the PC.  It’s not the Post-PC era just yet Apple!

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