Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Nov 2010 23:21 UTC
Games Ah, Microsoft's Kinect. Now that the technology has been released into the wild, one thing becomes clear: hackers and programmers love it. It's already been hacked to work on Linux and the Mac, and the first interesting hobby projects are starting to appear. Since Microsoft has already stated it's selling Kinect at a profit, I'm going to make a bold statement: Microsoft is loving the hackery. Update: Turns out I was right - Microsoft has stated that Kinect was left open by design.
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Kinect magic is the software.
by Ravyne on Sun 21st Nov 2010 01:09 UTC
Ravyne
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Microsoft's investment in Kinect has basically nothing to do with the hardware itself -- Kinnect is based on a reference design that was already built -- Microsoft just licensed it.

The Kinect "magic" if you will, is the software that takes raw camera and depth-sensor input and maps it into a skeleton structure that is easy to deal with for devs, in it's ability to deal with background noise, in its ability to infer certain things when the data is not complete and in the facial/body recognition, among other things.

Microsoft will very likely be bringing this technology to PCs -- the only thing stopping them now is that the PC is a "6-inch experience" while the TV/Console is a "6-foot experience" -- there's simply not as much you can do at short range without re-jiggering the software (for example, Kinnect at 6-feet can't distinguish fingers, so it doesn't -- while this would be a necessity for any up-close interaction) and possibly the hardware (to give it more focus close up).

I don't doubt, though, that Microsoft may release an official PC driver for Windows Media Center applications relatively soon with all the magic intact.

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