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Kinect For PCs Early Next Year, Microsoft Eyeing Business Apps 55

Posted by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has announced that its Kinect motion-control system will be available for PCs in early 2012, and that they're planning to take it into the business world as well. 'Microsoft plans to launch a commercial program for the peripheral early next year, giving businesses the tools to develop customized applications for their companies and industries. The pilot program already includes such familiar names as Toyota, book publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and design firm Razorfish. All totaled, over 200 "marquis brand" companies in 25 countries have signed up for the program... And while the majority of those companies have opted to keep their names hidden for now for competitive reasons, Microsoft is working with them to get the applications up and running, so they can debut as soon as possible. Just don't expect the Redmond-based company to do any first party apps for this program.'"
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Kinect For PCs Early Next Year, Microsoft Eyeing Business Apps

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Sometimes I really do feel like I'm living in the future :)

    Now just someone hurry up with the personal jetpack and flying car...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Ugh. Double-ugh. More useless desktop eye-candy you can't turn off. More network load for push apps we didn't want 10 years ago. More blink-on-mouseover crap in business apps. And now you have to wave your arms like Neo in the Matrix in order to alt-tab between apps... Win 8's Metro IF+ Kinect for PC....

    The MSFT Clown School of Interface Design (tm) is coming like a tidal wave.

    • Yeah, because obviously this will be only way to control Win8 and business apps! There's just no other use for a technology like this!
      • You mean like motion based email? [google.com]. Can't wait for someone to send me an offensive email so can reply by giving them the bird. ;)
        • Lol I love it...I assume that was an April fool? (Seriously with interaction designers and gestures....its hard to tell!)

          Anyway's its still a work in process since I haven't written the full interaction for it but I've been working on a mobile gesture email interface for my os6sense project. about 6:30mins in [blogspot.com] - I know, its pathetic, just simple scrolling up and down for emails yet but if you look at the air-writing and other pinch based interactions earlier on in the video you can see that its possible to

        • Haven't seen this in, for what feels like, forever. Oddly, I think it was funnier this time, especially the curtsy for the valediction.

        • haha, you know Ballmer saw this and urgently memo'd his staff "WE MUST CLONE THIS ASAP SO I CAN FUCKING KILL GOOGLE!!!@?!"

          And now here comes Bingmail Motion Kinect 8 Business Edition Professional.

    • Ugh. Double-ugh. More useless desktop eye-candy you can't turn off. More network load for push apps we didn't want 10 years ago. More blink-on-mouseover crap in business apps. And now you have to wave your arms like Neo in the Matrix in order to alt-tab between apps... Win 8's Metro IF+ Kinect for PC....

      The MSFT Clown School of Interface Design (tm) is coming like a tidal wave.

      It might not be all bad. Imagine having a Millennium Falcon like gun turret and going Pew! Pew! Pew! at your boss when she pops up on the screen.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      And now you have to wave your arms like Neo in the Matrix in order to alt-tab between apps...

      "For years computers had been operated by means of pressing buttons and scrolling wheels; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive – you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but it meant you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep using the same program."

    • Hear hear! Back in my day we had to use a bank of toggle switches to set the mouse coordinates, and that's the way we liked it.
    • by Luckyo (1726890)

      I think you really should watch the video in the first link. It's fairly informative on what kinds of uses MS predicts. None of them are what you are listing.

      • by Wingman 5 (551897)
        The doctor looking at X-Rays while sterile was a perfect example of "Why didn't someone think of this sooner?"
    • by dskzero (960168)
      why would you use the Kinect to alt-tab there *is* a keyboard over there
  • (Finally a test coming for my tin foil hat)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If Kinect gets wide spread adoption in the work place I see it being used as a beat stick to track how much time you spend at your desk and what posture you maintain in your chair.

    The sad thing is that the drones will comply.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 31, 2011 @06:39PM (#37901298)

    I like how an entire market for advanced motion control has sprung up around what was originally a homebrew reverse engineering effort. That said, the tech inside the kinect is amazing and the ability to get it all in to a sub100 dollar mass market device is impressive.

    • the ability to get it all in to a sub100 dollar mass market device is impressive.

      Indeed especially when you consider the you can expect to pay an order of magnitude more for similar devices but with slightly better performance along different axis (e.g. FoV, depth, speed). One of the best pieces of hardware have launched and I cant wait for something a little more discreet so that I can co-opt it into a wearable design *grin*

    • by tompaulco (629533)
      That said, the tech inside the kinect is amazing and the ability to get it all in to a sub100 dollar mass market device is impressive.
      Sub 100$? From what I hear, "you are the controller." I would assume that means THEY pay YOU.
  • by Trogre (513942)

    So when will we see a kernel driver merged so we can start using it?

  • The current one is not wide enough for desktop use. I don't want to have the Kinect 10 feet away from me. It's got to be 3 feet from me.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Would a software vendor be exposed to legal trouble if it developed and SOLD software capable of using the Microsoft Kinect SDK to acquire data from a Kinect device? Assume the product did not ship with the Microsoft Kinect SDK, and that the user had to download and install that SDK on their own. Also, assume the commercial software product only dynamically loaded the DLL necessary for calling Kinect-related functions, and could operate (without the Kinect feature) in the absence of that DLL.

    If there were

    • by MBC1977 (978793)
      What type of data are we talking about? If we are talking about a user(s) data then, no I don't see that there should be any liability; given that the purchaser should know that the device is capturing bio-metrical data. However, if your talking about data of a particular location - like the layout and / or inventory of a room (that is visible), then maybe a legal issue could arise.

      Another possibility I can see for potential legal liability (probably the owner however) is if one was to set these up in
  • we have kinect porn on the pc?
  • I guess this means we can officially say goodbye to Microsoft Surface. Kinect is comparatively inexpensive and can now be used on a customizable platform.
  • As far as I'm concerned it's bombed on the xbox. I think this just proves it as they're looking to make money off of kinect through other systems and seeing how it would appear a big chunk of kinect purchasers are doing things with it on a PC they probably just figured they might as well get in on that.
    • Kinect has bombed on the xbox? Have you stopped taking your meds again? The fact that others have been able to create new implementations using Kinect is a boon for MS. If MS can collect licensing fees for every Android based phone they are certainly more than capable of performing the same trick with those adopting technology derived from Kinect. The more people building apps with MS components the better it is for MS. MS created the totally crappy programming language known as VB which allowed the non-pur
      • And notice how most everything you go on about has nothing to do with gaming. MS certainly sold a lot of Kinects. I'd personally like to know how many are actually being used on an xbox.

        From what I know kinect sports sold 3 million units. They've sold 10 million Kinects. Considering of the 60 Kinect games Kinect Sports is perhaps the best one by far implies to me most of those people buying kinects don't want to use it for gaming. Not that I don't blame them but that makes it a failure for the Xbox, imo,
        • The article was about new desktop application implementations not gaming. Gaming was just the first beneficiary of this type of technology. "it is a failure for the Xbox, imo, even if MS is selling loads of them". How do you reconcile this idiotic assertion? Do you consider success based only on what you personally like? The xbox is one of Microsoft's best product outside of operating systems and the more people who use it just gives MS another revenue stream like they managed to obtain with the use of Andr
          • The kinect hardware can be profitable while it being a failure for the actual console. It's selection of 60 games is largely crap. If companies continue to not invest in developing good software for it then what is the point of a kinect for the xbox? I think MS is concerned about that and wants to get a piece of the action for people using it elsewhere. So that is how I assert it's a failure for the xbox. It's so far a dumping ground for poor games and I think it will quietly fade away on the 360. I don't b
            • "60 games is largely crap" This is a very subjective opinion. There is a great difference between the hardcore gaming community and the general public when it comes to rating games. As long as they manufacturer and support the xbox there will be plenty of games developed for the platform. MS introduced Kinect to the market while others had to catch up. MS's liberal stance on others using Kinect in their own products will ensure deep penetration into the market. It remains to be seen if MS is planning on usi
  • I can do my powerpoint presentations in the form of interpretive dance!

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