Kinect Wiggling Its Way to PC in February 2012

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yammerpickle2

I went to the local Best Buy recently and nobody was even using the demo for Kinect this holiday shopping season. My laser mouse is smooth and precise and can be adjusted between 200 and 5700 DPI on the fly with 1000 samples per second. Kinect is 640 × 480 resolution and 30 samples per second and system lag on Xbox 360 makes it seem even worse. The only changes for PC that I’ve heard is the change to the focal length of the lens and cord length for PC. CES has 4K and even 8K U-HDTV sets demos and ATI Eyefinity and NVidia Surround multi-monitor set ups already exist. How do you match such low resolution camera inputs to high resolution multi-monitor set ups? I would love to see the technology get refined and integrated with better hardware, but MS needs to do a better job and significantly upgrade the hardware and software integration before they bring it to PC.

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Eoraptor

Do you even understand how the technology works? It doesn't NEED to be HD-resolution or higher, it's not a web-camera or video setup. It's primarily a motion sensor and tracker, and for that, it is actually fairly high resolution.

As to the lag, I can't speak personally, having only used it with hacked PC loads and not on an actual X-box, but I imagine a lot of the lag comes down to poeple not effeciently coding their games for the thing than it does to the actual hardware.

as to why no one was using it at best buy? well, who the hell shops at best buy unless they absolutely have to?

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JohnP

 A different Kinect for the PC vs. the one for the XBox360 (and shame on Paul for not pointing this out). The specs are going to be a lot tighter, the firmware is different, and will be able to recognize gestures only a few inches away. That means putting the PC Kinect under or on top of the monitor and controlling the cursor with subtle hand and facial gestures. This will be a personal and up close Kinect. There might also be a requirement to have an on line connection to the internet so that MS can build a gesture and vocabulary library to fine tune the experience.

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flash739

Sounds pretty cool. I can imagine it being much easier to speak out what I am searching for rather then typing in the wrong name of a file etc.

The price is to hight for entry imo. Though I will wait until someone hacks the original xbox360 Kinect to run on the PC. I mean, it includes a USB connectiong for those running older xbox models.

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Ashton2091

Now, wether Kinect will sell for the PC or not, I don't know. BUT I do understand the kind of platform Microsoft is going for here. I was reading on IGN about this and a lot of comments from gamers were for example, "It looks like Microsoft is now focusing on the casual gamers...which is a mistake".

Microsoft is trying (not hard enough if you ask me) to corner as much of the market as it can. They already have the hardcore gamer crowd (Windows, 360), but any business would also want to take a bite out of Nintendo's marketshare. Which brings us to Kinect. Though I would like to say that Kinect is more than just a "jump around your livingroom or office" thing. Its much more than that now. So now, you have something for the casual users and hardcore gamers.

Then comes Windows Phone which includes Xbox Live. Not to mention Office 365, Skydrive, Windows Live Essentials. All of these are cloud based. It's basically a WINDOWS everywhere mentality. Which is why I can understand why their focus is primarily on Windows. 

Windows is what connects these platforms to form a large ecosystem. If executed correctly, it could be very successful. From a business mindset...it is a VERY good idea. But it must be executed correctly.

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AndrewHume1

they better do some discounted version for just the software if you already have a kinect else I'll be pretty pissed

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Neufeldt2002

You also have to ask how many are actually going to sell. Jumping around in your living room with a bunch of friends might be novel at first, but gets boring fast. I just can't see that many people jumping around in their office, den, computer area with reckless abandon. I would imagine that most people are in the same boat, not a whole lot of room around the PC.

Unless the idea is to use hand gestures to control the new metro interface for Win 8? Even then, I'll stick to Win 7, with mouse and keyboard, at least for now as I am not sold on the metro gui.

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Eoraptor

I think the latter is part of the idea. We've already seen eye tracking and gesture third party apps being developed for Windows 8, so I think they want to be ahead of the curve for it. I think that it will catch on pretty rapidly once there's a good PC killer app for it (assuming that people don't see the pricetag and take a pass)

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Ashton2091

Keep in mind that this would be another reason to have a media center box in the livingroom. This will be a good option for some who may not own a 360, but does have a PC. Prob not a large market for it but im sure there is some sort of market for it.

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Eoraptor

of course, Microsoft expects us to believe it's been selling the Kinnect at a 50% or so loss for over a year now... yeah, go ahead and kill the goose that laid the golden egg, M$... and wonder why you're rapidly becoming irrelevant.

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