By now, most of you likely have heard about the new Kinect sensor that Microsoft will deliver as part of Xbox One later this year.
Today, I am pleased to announce that Microsoft will also deliver a new generation Kinect for Windows sensor next year. We’re continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with the latest natural technology from Microsoft so that they, in turn, can develop and deploy innovative touch-free applications for their businesses and customers. A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are core to that commitment.
Both the new Kinect sensor and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies. 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 precision and intuitive responsiveness that the new platform provides will accelerate the development of voice and gesture experiences on computers.
Some of the key capabilities of the new Kinect sensor include:
The enhanced fidelity and depth perception of the new Kinect sensor will allow developers to create apps that see a person's form better, track objects with greater detail, and understand voice commands in noisier settings.
The new sensor tracks more points on the human body than previously, including the tip of the hand and thumb, and tracks six skeletons at once. This opens up a range of new scenarios, from improved "avateering" to experiences in which multiple users can participate simultaneously.
I’m sure many of you want to know more. Stay tuned; at BUILD 2013 in June, we’ll share details about how developers and designers can begin to prepare to adopt these new technologies so that their apps and experiences are ready for general availability next year.
A new Kinect for Windows era is coming: an era of unprecedented responsiveness and precision.
Bob HeddleDirector, Kinect for Windows
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