The Kinect has been something that for the most part, has been exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. But recently, Microsoft has been wanting to get developers to build aps and programs using Kinect for Windows. On Thursday, Microsoft opened up preorders for the Kinect.
The Kinect for Windows v2 went on pre-order via the Microsoft Store on Thursday, and it opens up the door to a wide variety of new apps built for Windows. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor became available in over 22 countries, and is expected to ship in July.
Kinect For Windows v2
The new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor became available for pre-order in 22 countries according to Microsoft. Those countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.
The pre-order is being advertised by Microsoft to court developers to the Kinect. They are promising to give developers early access to building apps, and this pre-order is expected to ship earlier than the general availability. Also, Microsoft will be shipping an SDK early to these pre-order customers.
What Is Inside?
The Kinect for Windows v2 is expected to bring an ultra wide-angle 1090p HD depth camera, capture RGB color video at over 30 frames her second, and even monitor a heart rate. Microsoft broke down the improvements of the Kinect for Windows v2 in a number of different categories for developers to savor.
These different improvements cover vision, motion, and voice. With Real Vision, the Kinect expands the field of view, and has a new IR camera to help it see better. With Real Motion, slight gestures can be monitored and tracked by the Kinect. Lastly, the Real Voice improvement includes a new multi-microphone array and noise cancellation to capture the slightest of sounds from the user. General availability of the Kinect for Windows v2 hasn’t been announced, but developers are encouraged to check it out early.
The Kinect for Windows v2 is exciting. It will allow for a huge variety of health, education, and teaching apps to come.