With the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox One supposedly being on all the time (you have the option of unplugging it), many have been a tad worried about their privacy and whether or not Microsoft could be spying or listening on them. While Microsoft has reassured that they will not be spying on their customers, there seems to be a new concern popping up, and that is whether the Kinect will be able to see through one’s clothing.
This came about after a video demonstration of the Kinect technology (video above) supposedly exposed the man’s crotch area. Well as it turns out it was a false alarm and in a statement Microsoft released to IGN, “First, if you watch the video you will see that what is being represented here is a fold in denim. There is no tech magic going on here and Kinect cannot see through clothing. Furthermore, the video was an illustration of the various camera views available for the creation of games and apps. This view is only accessible on a development kit and is not viewable on retail consoles.”
We guess this might have been pretty obvious, but in case there are those who were worried, the Kinect comes with two sensors. One that puts out infrared signals to detect movement, depth, and temperature, and an RGB camera to track camera, none of which should allow the Kinect to function like an x-ray.
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