For developers whom have been waiting to develop for the Kinect and Windows, finally got the news they have been waiting for. On Friday, Microsoft announced that they had start delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits that were ordered for $399 earlier in the year.
With the company receiving thousands of applications for this program and wanting to deliver the units into as many hands as they could, Microsoft clearly has a potential hit on their hands with this kit. The preview kit is just the beginning for this interactive hardware for Windows.
Kinect For Windows V2 Features
The Kinect for Windows V2 sensor has a ton of new features that the first generation Kinect for Windows didn’t have. With a ultra wide-angle 1080p HD camera, RGB color video, the ability to monitor a user’s heart rate, and the capability to capture video at 30 frames per second, it should please many.
Microsoft is promising to give those early developers a Kinect for Windows V2 sensor when they become available as an extra bonus. No specific timeframes were given as far as when they would be available or a price, but freebies usually keep developers happy and eager to design for the Kinect and Windows ecosystem.
With the Kinect for Windows V2, Microsoft has made a number of internal improvements. With Real Vision, they have given the Kinect a great field of view and a greater line of sight. The new IR camera will allow it to see in the dark, and has a 3-D geometry built within it for telling if a person is off balance or not.
Other improvements include the Real Motion and Real Voice. The Real Motion controls gestures used with the Kinect sensor, and precise controls can be made. The Real Voice will include multiple microphones, noise isolation, and greater listening skills to the Kinect sensor while in use.
I can think of gaming and the Kinect on Windows to be a huge hit. But, the Kinect with healthcare and helping people with various disabilities could be a huge hit for Microsoft with the Kinect soon.