Second-Generation Kinect for Windows to Cost Developers $399

Microsoft Begins to Take Pre-Orders on Kinect 2 for Windows DevKit

by Anton Shilov
06/26/2013 | 11:30 PM

Microsoft Corp. has begun to accept pre-orders on the second-generation Kinect for Windows developer kit. The software designer program will begin this November, whereas the final commercial Kinect 2 for Windows motion sensor will be available sometimes in 2014. There are a limited number of spots in the program.

 

This program, which begins in November 2013, will provide developers with tools and a pre-release sensor as soon as possible so they can start building new applications before general availability in 2014 (software designers will get the final sensor as well). The program fee will be $399 (or local equivalent) and it will include the following:

 

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: