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Microsoft envisions a grande vision for the future of Kinect

The Kinect sensor might not be all its cracked up to be on the Xbox One — hence Microsoft’s decision to add a SKU for the console without the camera peripheral for $100 less — but that isn’t stopping the Redmond, Washington-based company from trying again with the PC market.
Early in June, we told you that Microsoft had opened up pre-orders to developers, with an estimated shipping date in July. Microsoft has held true to its word, and the product page for the Kinect for Windows v2 Sensor shows that it will ship on July 15.

Developers are encouraged to build apps for the Kinect sensor that will grace the Windows Store. So that means that we should start seeing apps and games at least by early next year for Windows users.
Microsoft’s “end game” with Kinect is to provide a “future where humans and technology can interact more seamlessly—in the living room, on their PCs, and beyond.”
Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows v2 Sensor is priced at $199.

Source: Microsoft Store

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By Egglick on 7/7/2014 9:47:39 AM , Rating: -1
Wait, you mean I can get creepy always-on video, audio, motion, and body temperature monitoring all for the low-low price of just $200? Sign me up! Not only do I find all of the above awesome, but I've always wanted to wave my arms around and talk to a device I'm sitting 2 feet away from.

RE: Awesome!
By atechfan on 7/7/2014 10:06:51 AM , Rating: 5
To go with your creepy, always on camera, mic, and GPS tracking device you carry in your pocket?

RE: Awesome!
By Egglick on 7/7/2014 10:28:56 AM , Rating: 1
Alright, now I'm even more disturbed. Apparently you've been digging around in folks pockets and know what they have in there.

RE: Awesome!
By atechfan on 7/7/2014 10:31:16 AM , Rating: 2
No, just hacking your phone.

RE: Awesome!
By Egglick on 7/7/2014 10:36:58 AM , Rating: 1
No, my phone is in the other pocket.

RE: Awesome!
By inighthawki on 7/7/2014 11:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
Are you just purposefully being dense, or is that normal for you?

RE: Awesome!
By tayb on 7/7/2014 10:50:38 AM , Rating: 2
I sure hope you aren't rocking an Android phone utilizing Google services.

Otherwise your privacy concerns are laughable.

RE: Awesome!
By Egglick on 7/7/2014 11:55:15 AM , Rating: 1
Nope. But I'm curious to know why one device violating my privacy makes it okay for another to do the same. Also, what useful function could this device provide when you're already sitting 2 feet away with your hands on the controls? A decent webcam costs a fraction of the price, and a decent headset would give better functionality for voice. So why would I want to point this thing at myself, much less add the privacy concerns?

RE: Awesome!
By jnemesh on 7/8/2014 11:55:55 AM , Rating: 2
My Android phone isn't mounted on the wall in my bedroom or living room!

Just because the NSA and corporations are doing everything they can to erode our personal privacy DOES NOT mean I am just going to give them the keys to my home!

RE: Awesome!
By TBlain on 7/7/2014 6:39:55 PM , Rating: 1
Wait, you mean I can get creepy always-on video, audio, motion, and body temperature monitoring all for the low-low price of just $200?

Where exactly did they state that the PC version of this had an always-on requiement? That is going to be a function of software, not necessarily hardware. I'm not saying they won't include this, but nowhere was it mentioned that they definitely were.

I get it, and with respect to the XBone I agree, but all that implies is that the implementation was mishandled. The technology itself is impressive no matter how you slice it. And that tech has huge potential to open up new avenues with how we interact with our PCs. If it is implemented correctly and ethically, that is.

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