| Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Microsoft announced today that it has now made Windows versions of its Kinect hardware and software available to businesses and developers in 12 countries around the world, including Canada, the US and Mexico. This new hardware and software package was initially made available to a group of 300 early adoption companies – including American Express, Toyota, Mattel and others – who have been testing ways to utilize the motion and voice-activated device to improve their own operations or change their customer experiences, and is now available for other developers through Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows distributors and resellers.
This version is somewhat different from the Xbox 360 consumer model. First, it’s priced at $269 CAD, which, considering it is currently only a development tool, is not too bad a price when compared to the usual cost of such hardware and software. Moreover, this unit is capable of clearly seeing objects as close as 40 centimetres away (just over a foot), features the latest Microsoft Speech components for advanced speech and audio capabilities and support for Windows 7 and the Windows 8 developer preview for desktop apps. I guess the possibilities are all up to the developers’ imaginations. For more information, check out KinectforWindows.com.