Microsoft Corporation has launched Kinect for Windows PC, a voice and motion-controlled sensor unit, originally developed for the Xbox gaming system. Now the device will allow people to interact with computers thanks to gesture-aware applications built specially for Kinect for Windows.
Kinect (for Xbox) holds the record for being the fastest selling consumer device in history. The PC version is priced at $249, which will be launched in 12 countries initially. It will be available from channel distributors and electronics retailers such as Amazon, though Microsoft said it plans to offer special academic pricing of $149 later this year.
Craig Eisler, Kinect for Windows general manager, said by offering hardware and software that is designed specifically for Windows applications, Microsoft hopes to inspire visionaries around the world to create break taking applications. He insisted that the device is capable of taking its gesture and voice capabilities beyond the living room into other industries such as education, manufacturing, healthcare and retail.
Microsoft is said to working with American Express, Mattel, Toyota, among others, to develop apps for Kinect. The Kinect hardware unit features sensors and cameras that capture physical movements and speech.
“Not only did the hardware and software teams work closely together to create an integrated solution, but our support, manufacturing, supply chain, reverse logistics, and account teams have all been working hard to prepare for today’s launch,” said Kinect for Windows general manager Craig Eisler, in a statement.
Sources: BBC. InformationWeek, CRR