When the Kinect was first released, it was an Xbox-only device, but developers quickly developed unofficial drivers to get it working on the computer, and soon came the onslaught of DIY Kinect-based projects (called “The Kinect Effect” by Microsoft). And in a few days we will be celebrating the first birthday of one of the fastest-selling consumer electronics devices in the world. To commemorate the one year anniversary of the Kinect, Microsoft has announced that it will be launching the Kinect for Windows commercial program early next year.
In case you forgot, Microsoft released the official Kinect SDK for Windows a few months ago, but it was only intended for non-commercial purposes. Well, starting next year it looks like we’ll start to see the Kinect being used in a lot more commercial industries and businesses and possibly revolutionizing the way that they work. Who knows what the future will hold, but we can’t wait to find out.
- 2014-04-02: New Kinect For Windows Is Official, Arrives This Summer
- 2014-03-27: Microsoft Kinect For Windows Hardware Version 2 Unveiled
- 2014-02-03: Kinect Guards The Korean Border
- 2013-12-31: 3D Printing Service Uses Your Kinect To Make Mini Figurines Of Yourself
- 2013-12-27: NASA Engineers Use Oculus Rift And Kinect 2 To Control Robots
- 2013-06-28: Doodle Jump For Kinect Now Available On Xbox 360
- 2013-04-29: Microsoft Kinect Hacked To Become A 'BoobTracker'
- 2013-02-12: Xbox 360 Sales Soar Past 76 Million Units; Kinect Sales Hit 24 Million
- 2013-02-07: Report: Xbox 720 To Feature Siri-Like Voice Control
- 2012-07-17: NASA and Microsoft release Mars Rover Landing game