Kinect for PC launching in early 2012

Kinect for the pcKinect is coming to the PC, not as a hack but as a commercial product with dedicated PC hardware, in early 2012, according to the Kinect for Windows Blog. Some of the changes for the PC version include: a shorter USB cable and new firmware for ‘close up’ applications. You can download the SDK now.

Kinect offers PC users (and developers) some unique capabilities that change the way people interact with their computers, including:

  • Skeletal tracking
  • Motion sensing
  • Voice recognition
  • Facial recognition

For example, Calum Cawley, a fourth-year engineering student at IT Sligo and part of the Microsoft Imagine Cup winning team, is using Kinect in his final year project. He’s tracking the movement of actors on the stage and projecting virtual costumes onto them. See different ways people are using Kinect.

There’s also the BizSpark Kinect Accelerator incubation programme, which will give 10 tech-oriented companies using Kinect (on either Windows or Xbox360) an investment of $20,000 each and other benefits. Applications are being accepted now through January 25th, 2012. (Applicants must be prepared to relocate to Seattle, Washington for the duration of the program. It rains just as much there as it does here in the UK so you’ll be fine!)

Published by Sara Allison

Sara is the editor of Ubelly - when not heads down scouring Ubelly articles for typos (and not always catching them), she's scouting for new writing talent. Give her a shout @SaraAllison if you've got something to say about development/design and want to be heard.

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