Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect technology will be available for Windows PCs in a few weeks and is destined for a lot more than just gaming, CEO Steve Ballmer said at the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
Microsoft Kinect has been offered so far only for the Xbox, allowing people to control what happens on screen by moving their arms and legs. Microsoft has shipped 18 million Kinects since its release in 2010 this accompanies the 66 million Xbox 360 which have been sold since 2005.
Microsoft is working with 200 companies to develop Kinect applications for PCs which will let people use physical gestures to do other things besides gaming. Microsoft is using Kinect to bring interactive TV to the Xbox. They have signed a deal with Sesame Street, which will develop programs that let children interact with puppets, they are also going into a partnership with Fox that will bring Glee, Family Guy, and Bones to the Xbox, and with Comcast for its Xfinity TV service. The new programs will come to the Xbox later in 2012.
The Kinect for Windows is available for preorder now from Amazon priced at US$250. The item will be released on the 1st of Feburary 2012.
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