Microsoft Releasing New Kinect Motion Sensing Device For Windows – Thestreet

Go Play Research analyst Billy Pidgeon thinks updating Kinect for Windows will lead to more interesting visual and voice recognition applications and could turn out to be a successful move for Microsoft. “The new Kinect has more accurate camera and microphone hardware and software that will allow developers to access a higher level of control and a wider range of apps,” Pidgeon said in an interview. Microsoft shares were gaining 0.69% to $42.09 in mid-afternoon trading in New York. Kinect is a high-tech webcam in a box that enables users to control and interact with their console or computer via gestures and spoken commands. It replaces the standard two-handed game controller usually associated with home consoles. IHS Technology analyst Piers Harding-Rolls believes that Microsoft is looking at industries such as healthcare and education for the Kinect. “In this sense Kinect acts as a strong brand ambassador for Microsoft and gives the company innovation kudos even if it isn’t a big seller,” Harding-Rolls said in an interview. The second-generation Kinect for Windows contains improvements similar to what is included in the new Kinect for Xbox One gamer and includes a 1080p camera, a new sensor system and a wider field of view. Developers have been working on the device for the past 8 months. Kinect was originally released as an extra gaming accessory for the Xbox 360 in 2011 and was also included as part of Microsoft’s latest Xbox One device. However, last month Microsoft announced it would sell the Xbox One gaming console without the Kinect to help the system better compete with Sony’s ( SNE ) best-selling, lower-priced PlayStation 4. In a study released in May, research firm IDC predicted that by 2016, Sony’s PlayStation 4 will have the largest share of the world market, selling 51 million devices, but Microsoft’s decision to sell the Kinect separately may prove fruitful in the future. IDC said Xbox One sales would improve and may even become the console installed-base leader in North America. Although Sony and Microsoft hadn’t release exact figures experts at NPD Group announced in May that game console sales had nearly doubled in the past year. At the time, the PS4 was the top-selling console in the U.S. for the fifth straight month. Both companies introduced their latest-generation game boxes during that time period. — Written by Gary Krakow in New York. To submit a news tip, send an email to tips@thestreet.com .
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Microsoft Offers Pre-Orders For Kinect For Windows v2 Sensor – Technology News – redOrbit

However, the Kinect is still available as an add-on that is sold separately as an accessory for the Xbox One and the PC, and on Monday the Redmond, Wash.-software giant announced that the Kinect 2.0 would also be available for Windows PCs later this month. The Kinect for Windows v2 Sensor , which can be used with interactive applications to recognize natural movements, gestures and voice commands will be available beginning July 15. While consumers can buy one of the units, Microsoft is actually selling it as a way for developers to create new applications as well. Microsoft noted that the sensor doesnt ship with any software but is intended for use with Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 (licensed separately) and will operate only with applications developed for Kinect Windows v2. Developers can use this hardware to build applications with C++, C#, VB.Net, Cx, or JavaScript. Last week Microsofts Kinect for Windows team reported that it had traveled to New York City for a hackathon that was held in partnership with NUI Central the Natural User Interface Community. This event, which had occurred over 27-hours from June 21-22 focused on creating innovative applications and experiences utilizing the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK (software development kit) 2.0. In a post for the Kinect for Windows Product blog Ben Lower, Kinect for Windows developer community manager noted that, The event drew more than 100 participants, from as far away as the Czech Republic and Dubai. You will find a summary of the teams and projects below; we were blown away by what we saw. We were also impressed by the tremendous interest in the experimental near-field firmware that we brought. This firmware turns the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor into a near-field device that can be used at close range (from 10cm to 1m). While the Kinect provides a gaming and entertainment interface with the Xbox One, the participants in the hackathon found more practical uses for the motion control sensor. The winning team at the New York event was Lightspeed, which created an application dubbed K4B, which utilized a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor to scan large ceiling spaces. This provided a way to map HVAC and electrical details so that renovators can get accurate, detailed as-built measurements. The second place team, adabiits, created an application called Thing T, which included a robotic hand that waves when someone walks by and can be controlled by using finger tracking; while the third place team, Body Labs, used their ScanAdHoc application with combined sensors wirelessly connected via Websockets to create accurate 3D body scans to be used for fitting of clothing. Other presented projects including an augmented travel app, a virtual doctor that could monitor heart rate in real time and an obstacle avoidance robot. The Kinect for Windows engineering team will next had to Dallas, Texas on July 18-19 to take part at event hosted by Computer Visionaries; and then on July 26-27 will host an event at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., where participants will have access to a 4-foot by 4-foot by 4-foot display dubbed The Cube, which will be available for experiments using the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. SHOP AMAZON NOW: Xbox One Source: Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
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