Specialised Kinect for Windows Hardware Announced

Specialised Kinect for Windows Hardware Announced

Microsoft look to harness the power of Kinect on a more intimate scale

Written by DavieMarshall on 23 November 11 at 11:45 | Credit to N0RVY

Microsoft's Kinect has proved a great enabler for many a company or research team who were looking for an affordable solution to their advanced motion sensing troubles. We've seen Kinect mounted on top of a custom built small scale helicopter capable of automated flight; it has even been used as part of a giant eyeball creation.

A lot of commercially interested groups have wanted to use Kinect in a more practical manner, but there's one major hurdle. Despite the fact that Microsoft's research has made the perfect combination of sensors and cameras incredibly affordable, the size of the device and optimum focal range of the camera array proved to be impractical for 'desktop' application. To this end Microsoft have announced Kinect for Windows

This specialised hardware configuration will feature "optimized certain hardware components and... firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios". The most notable of these is the ability for the streamlined Kinect to focus on objects 50cm away, or closer.

This means we'll likely be seeing optional, yet deep Kinect integration into Windows 8 and its associated applications, perhaps even at a hardware level in some configurations, allowing us to take a more integrated approach to our daily use of computers. Beyond this there will certainly be commercial ventures as Microsoft have detailed a licensing agreement to which interested parties can sign up, which will assure them "access to ongoing updates in both speech and human tracking".

Expect more details on this to trickle forward in the months leading up to the public release of Windows 8 as the Kinect for Windows SDK settles and yields more impressive results.
AuthorMessage
DradusContact
136,607 136,607 GamerScore
DradusContact
Achievement Completion Percentage: 82.32% (Includes owned DLC) - 52 more achievements required to reach 83%359 posts
Last post: 29 Oct 13 at 15:47
Posted on 23 November 11 at 11:54
New for windows 8, Kinect can now see what your eating and recommend a drink to go with it.

"That chocolate must be making you thirsty, Microsoft recommends Pepsi, would you like to buy some now?"
YA BILLY
447,449
YA BILLY
Achievement Completion Percentage: 97.08% (Includes owned DLC) - 114 more achievements required to reach 98%TrueAchievement Ratio: 1.7870881 posts
Last post: 25 Jul at 10:10
Posted on 23 November 11 at 11:55
so why can't I play my kinnect under 6 feet away from my tv if it can see 50 centimeters away from a computer screen
DavieMarshall
192,270
DavieMarshall - Far Cry 3 is a bore. Discuss. Reasoning - Gorgeous environment. Generic gameplay mechanics.
TrueAchievements Social ManagerTrueAchievement Ratio: 1.74094,486 posts
Last post: 09 May 13 at 09:31
Posted on 23 November 11 at 11:57
YA BILLY said:so why can't I play my kinnect under 6 feet away from my tv if it can see 50 centimeters away from a computer screenYou did read the article in full right?
HeyMrBassman
188,479
HeyMrBassman
Achievement Completion Percentage: 93.06% (Includes owned DLC) - 57 more achievements required to reach 94%191 solutions590 posts
Last post: 25 Feb at 09:43
Posted on 23 November 11 at 12:01, Edited on 23 November 11 at 12:05 by HeyMrBassman
Video games aside, I think Kinect will have a lot of very interesting real-world applications. Full PC support is the missing link currently preventing developers from using the technology for medicine and education.

I also think there will be a time when you visit the ATM and instead of entering a pin number, you'll dance the funky chicken to gain access to your account. Welcome to the future!
'Multiple exclamation marks,' he went on, shaking his head, 'are a sure sign of a diseased mind.'
WudYa1ookAtThat - Anyone want to play extinction or zombies today?
134,880 TrueAchievement PointsAchievement Completion Percentage: 65.83% (Includes owned DLC) - 10 more achievements required to reach 66%44 posts
Last post: 25 Jun at 22:36
Posted on 23 November 11 at 12:04
The kinect is going to start spying on our every day routines!!
zMiseryBusiness
TrueAchievement Ratio: 1.9279Achievement Completion Percentage: 90.21% (Includes owned DLC) - 44 more achievements required to reach 91%187 posts
Last post: 17 Mar at 09:45
Posted on 23 November 11 at 12:07
YA BILLY said:so why can't I play my kinnect under 6 feet away from my tv if it can see 50 centimeters away from a computer screenThey have slghtly modified it to that it can work properly 50cm or closer. Imagine having to use your pc 6ft away! lol.

But really, they should modify the xbox360 kinect so that it's more user friendly, ie. it works closer and requires less space, kind of like this pc kinect. I would like a kinect but I don't have quite enough space; imagine how many more people might want it if kinect didn't need a ton of space. I know I'd get one.
Heroic Blanket - Might Bean Dive all my games without online achievements.
195 completed games(Includes owned DLC)Achievement Completion Percentage: 88.06% (Includes owned DLC) - 67 more achievements required to reach 89%293 posts
Last post: 17 Jul at 13:31
Posted on 23 November 11 at 12:58
LorennF1991 said:YA BILLY said:so why can't I play my kinnect under 6 feet away from my tv if it can see 50 centimeters away from a computer screenThey have slghtly modified it to that it can work properly 50cm or closer. Imagine having to use your pc 6ft away! lol.

But really, they should modify the xbox360 kinect so that it's more user friendly, ie. it works closer and requires less space, kind of like this pc kinect. I would like a kinect but I don't have quite enough space; imagine how many more people might want it if kinect didn't need a ton of space. I know I'd get one.
A modified version that can deal with things 50cms or closer would most likely not go as well with recognising things from a greater distance as the normal Kinect unless Microsoft is going to completely change the parts in it.

The reason the Kinect needs that 7ft of space is so that it can fully capture the whole body of someone standing up. If a game or application is designed to work with someone sitting down then it can work at a shorter distance then 7 ft.
liiami
258,063
liiami
TrueAchievements ModeratorSite Help Manager1,542 posts
Last post: 24 Feb at 09:01
Posted on 23 November 11 at 13:20
how did I not see that eyeball before, it's amazing
NickHawkeye
109,851
NickHawkeye - 66,666 !!! i knew i was in trouble, Internet goes out for 5 days when I this this GS on the nose...time to move along
109,851 TrueAchievement Points56 completed games(Includes owned DLC)939 posts
Last post: Today at 15:21
Posted on 23 November 11 at 13:24
LorennF1991 said:YA BILLY said:so why can't I play my kinnect under 6 feet away from my tv if it can see 50 centimeters away from a computer screenThey have slghtly modified it to that it can work properly 50cm or closer. Imagine having to use your pc 6ft away! lol.

But really, they should modify the xbox360 kinect so that it's more user friendly, ie. it works closer and requires less space, kind of like this pc kinect. I would like a kinect but I don't have quite enough space; imagine how many more people might want it if kinect didn't need a ton of space. I know I'd get one.
Nyko has a product I believe called "Zoom for Kinect" and it supposedly allows you to stand closer than normal and still work properly. Its about $30 though.($20 on sale at Best Buy currently) its basically like glasses for Kinect that clips in front of the lens and changes its viewing angle. I haven't personally experienced it but you can search for it and read the reviews for yourself
AcidSTARHUNTER - Ahh clean up is a bitch!!!!
138,189 TrueAchievement Points179 posts
Last post: 21 Jun 13 at 17:29
Posted on 23 November 11 at 13:25
but cant u get a adapter for the kinect to reduce the min range allready and image the short cuts u could set up on your pc like flip the bird shuts down ir pc lol
YA BILLY
447,449
YA BILLY
Achievement Completion Percentage: 97.08% (Includes owned DLC) - 114 more achievements required to reach 98%TrueAchievement Ratio: 1.7870881 posts
Last post: 25 Jul at 10:10
Posted on 23 November 11 at 14:00
NickHawkeye said:LorennF1991 said:YA BILLY said:so why can't I play my kinnect under 6 feet away from my tv if it can see 50 centimeters away from a computer screenThey have slghtly modified it to that it can work properly 50cm or closer. Imagine having to use your pc 6ft away! lol.

But really, they should modify the xbox360 kinect so that it's more user friendly, ie. it works closer and requires less space, kind of like this pc kinect. I would like a kinect but I don't have quite enough space; imagine how many more people might want it if kinect didn't need a ton of space. I know I'd get one.
Nyko has a product I believe called "Zoom for Kinect" and it supposedly allows you to stand closer than normal and still work properly. Its about $30 though.($20 on sale at Best Buy currently) its basically like glasses for Kinect that clips in front of the lens and changes its viewing angle. I haven't personally experienced it but you can search for it and read the reviews for yourself
I just looked at this on best buy and the nyko zoom has a rating of 1 out of 5 stars from over 15 buyers...they all say it is garbage
ScuzzyBunny
567,884
ScuzzyBunny - Go ninja go ninja go! Can't believe I just saw a vanilla ice commercial playing that song.
253 completed games(Includes owned DLC)TrueAchievements Pro user1,064 posts
Last post: 26 Jul at 17:37
Posted on 23 November 11 at 14:40
Mine Zoom works fine...actually almost too good sometimes, as it picks up more than the Kinect by itself did. I hate to be "that" guy, but there are some directions you are supposed to follow when you hook it on the Kinect, and if you don't follow them, the Kinect will not work properly. Not that 15 people shopping at Best Buy wouldn't read the directions....but you never know!

With the Zoom hooked up I can play Kinect games (or use them in the various app interfaces) from 2-3 feet easily, whereas before we needed about 7ft in the same room with the same lighting conditions (which required moving a coffee table and sliding some furniture around). Just do what I did...pick it up, and if it works for you, great. If it doesn't, just return it as defective (most places give you a week for accessories).
Killer Punks...all that needs to be said.
dancrozier
113,109
dancrozier - Pissed off, I go to start 2 games for my bean dive and find MOH disc is faulty and wrong game in another and can't
TrueAchievement Ratio: 1.5214Achievement Completion Percentage: 45.40% (Includes owned DLC) - 50 more achievements required to reach 46%1,470 posts
Last post: 08 Jun at 09:08
Posted on 23 November 11 at 14:45
Beware, Kinect has been developed by the FBI as a spy tool into everyones homes!!

Joking aside, it sounds awesome and can't wait to see what will happen with it in the next few years
Sol Corona
143,880
Sol Corona
143,880 TrueAchievement PointsDonated to TrueAchievements.com739 posts
Last post: Yesterday at 21:41
Posted on 23 November 11 at 15:00
dancrozier said:Beware, Kinect has been developed by the FBI as a spy tool into everyones homes!!

Joking aside, it sounds awesome and can't wait to see what will happen with it in the next few years
Stranger things have happened..!
You are the Detectives; go... and detect.
Gamer186
132,742
Gamer186
67 completed games(Includes owned DLC)Achievement Completion Percentage: 99.08% (Includes owned DLC) - 1 more achievement required to reach 99.1%109 posts
Last post: 30 Mar 13 at 18:29
Posted on 23 November 11 at 15:03
the more they improve and support kinect the more people will get it .... so where are the "real" kinect games now ^-^
DakotaThrice
265,116
DakotaThrice - http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-get-the-sims-2-ultimate-collection/
Achievement Completion Percentage: 42.07% (Includes owned DLC) - 221 more achievements required to reach 43%87 completed games(Includes owned DLC)3,503 posts
Last post: 23 Jul at 12:35
Posted on 23 November 11 at 15:28
HeyMrBassman said:Video games aside, I think Kinect will have a lot of very interesting real-world applications. Full PC support is the missing link currently preventing developers from using the technology for medicine and education.

I also think there will be a time when you visit the ATM and instead of entering a pin number, you'll dance the funky chicken to gain access to your account. Welcome to the future!
Replace the funky chicken with the truffle shuffle and this gets my vote
blkalleykat
5,624 posts
Last post: 11 Jun 12 at 12:11
Posted on 23 November 11 at 16:14
I hope to see some creative concepts people come up with
SpocKirk
65,679
SpocKirk - Anybody want to trade something for a Crysis 1 code?
Donated to TrueAchievements.comAchievement Completion Percentage: 30.19% (Includes owned DLC) - 73 more achievements required to reach 31%1,703 posts
Last post: 02 Mar 13 at 14:37
Posted on 23 November 11 at 16:17
I'm still waiting for TrackIR features to be added. Maybe the focus on computers will help it happen.
http://www.trueachievements.com/forum/viewthread.aspx?threadid=1455465 E.A.S.K.
Shadow Enz
119,427
Shadow Enz - CV Lords of Shadow 2 & MGS V Ground Zeroes #bestbuy Deal of the Day today, $19.99 each!
TrueAchievements Walkthrough SupervisorAchievement Completion Percentage: 95.66% (Includes owned DLC) - 12 more achievements required to reach 96%4,464 posts
Last post: 03 Jul at 11:15
Posted on 23 November 11 at 16:26
DradusContact said:New for windows 8, Kinect can now see what your eating and recommend a drink to go with it.

"That chocolate must be making you thirsty, Microsoft recommends Pepsi, would you like to buy some now?"
That sounds like something Apple would do. They're the ones that have the phones that talk back to you.

Gamer186 said:the more they improve and support kinect the more people will get it .... so where are the "real" kinect games now ^-^Kinect will never have "real" games.
"You must exceed your limitations if you wish to survive..."