As you know, early next year will launch a commercial program Kinect for Windows: The controller can be officially used in a number of entirely new areas. It turns out, Microsoft is working not only on a set of tools developers Kinect for Windows, but also on a special version of the controller that is optimized for the PC.
Through a series of internal changes to the new version for Windows Kinect will be more suitable to support various areas, which are based PC. All hardware changes will be reflected in the SDK, which will be implemented to support. Redmond giant also notes that the new equipment will provide a number of functions that are already requesting Windows-developers.
Among the planned changes in the product is present, for example, a shorter cable USB, which will increase the reliability of the communication controller with a wide range of computers. Also, there will be changes that will improve collaboration with other Kinect USB-peripherals.
But the most significant change has been different: if the game version of the controller allows you to work with him at a distance of only 1.2 m, in the Windows version the company Microsoft, taking into account the peculiarities of working with PCs, reduced the interaction distance of up to 50 inches with no loss of accuracy. Working from a distance of 40 cm will also be supported, but with some loss of accuracy.
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This mode of interaction is near the most requested feature by developers, because it will significantly expand the scope of the Kinect (for example, the use of virtual keyboards or recognition of finger movements, or even individuals to control the PC), because now communicate with the controller can only be the center of the room. Optimize the firmware also designed to make Kinect more sensitive and responsive.
Microsoft has promised at launch, not only these but other changes. The company relies on natural user interfaces, which in the future, according to the company, will play an increasingly important role. Therefore, in a commercial program Microsoft promises update on improved speech recognition and tracking movement of people, along with full support for hardware Kinect in Windows.
At the same time Microsoft launched a program Kinect Accelerator, which is designed to help startups expand selected 10 interesting projects related to motion controller. The company will not only provide technical assistance to its expertise, but also provide an investment of $ 20,000 each and a number of other benefits. Microsoft will accept applications until January 25. When the program is completed, the participants will present their projects to interested investors and experts in venture projects.