Second-Generation Kinect Sensor for Windows Due in 2014 – Microsoft

Microsoft Discloses Additional Details About Kinect 2

by Anton Shilov
05/24/2013 | 06:09 PM

Microsoft Corp. will start supplying new-generation of Kinect motion sensor for Xbox One game console later this year. On Friday, the company said that it would also deliver a new generation Kinect for Windows sensor in 2014. The sensor will provide dramatically better sensitivity and therefore will result into radically improved capabilities.

 

“We are continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with the latest natural technology from Microsoft so that they, in turn, can develop and deploy innovative touch-free applications for their businesses and customers. A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are core to that commitment,” said Bob Heddle, director of Kinect for Windows at Microsoft.

The new Xbox One comes with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The sensors of the second-generation Kinect can detect a finger movement within nanoseconds, which gets the whole platform onto a brand new level of functionality.

Both the new Kinect sensor for Xbox One and the new Kinect for Windows sensor are being built on a shared set of technologies. Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for transforming gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will modernize computing experiences. The precision and intuitive responsiveness that the new platform provides will accelerate the development of voice and gesture experiences on computers.

The enhanced fidelity and depth perception of the new Kinect sensor will allow developers to create apps that see a person's form better, track objects with greater detail, and understand voice commands in noisier settings. The enhanced fidelity and depth perception of the new Kinect sensor will allow developers to create apps that see a person's form better, track objects with greater detail, and understand voice commands in noisier settings.

Some of the key technologies and capabilities of the new sensor are the following:

“A new Kinect for Windows era is coming: an era of unprecedented responsiveness and precision,” concluded Mr. Heddle.