Kinect for Windows commercial program hits next year

Microsoft readying tools to help businesses like Toyota, Razorfish build applications using motion control peripheral; launch expected in early 2012.

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The Kinect is about to cross its one-year anniversary on the Xbox 360. With the full-body sensor heading into its second holiday season, Microsoft announced that it intends to bring official motion controller tools to businesses next year.

Toyota and other companies are working on projects using the Kinect.

The Kinect for Windows commercial program will provide businesses with tools for creating industry-focused applications. Microsoft hopes to help "revolutionize entire industries" with its multi-camera peripheral.

Several companies have joined a pilot program before the official launch of the initiative set for early 2012, including Toyota, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Razorfish. No example implementations were provided, but Microsoft alluded to the camera's previous use in hobbyist and academic applications, such as implementation in an operating room to view MRI and CT scan data, and environment-aware autonomous toy helicopter flight.

The Kinect's holiday push is being driven by new games supporting the peripheral, including Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports Season 2, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Forza 4, and Halo: Anniversary. Services such as Comcast, Verizon FIOS, and HBO GO will also join the list of Kinect-enabled applications this fall.

Discussion

17 comments
gino_pachino
gino_pachino

i am the only one who thinking that gaming should be whit a keyboard/mouse or a controller.......forgot about the stering for racing game...

thenerd64
thenerd64

Start my car by yelling start

00J
00J

Yes take it away from games please!

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

Awesome... 2011 is XBOX's year and next year is going to be XBOX's year again, especially with Windows 8 coming out - tablets - new OS, Live for PC, Windows phones! woot!

steelmouth
steelmouth

hopefully this will be super profitable so they leave gaming to the beloved controller and focus kinect else where,am tired of MS only showing love to kinect at the expense of its hardcore fan base a.k.a gamers

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Will there be games developed for the PC compatible with Kinect? I'm sure if a company like CD Projekt Red or Crytek made a Kinect-PC exclusive they'd mop the floor with console games.

Mincie
Mincie

if i could browse through my files using kinect like minority report then hell yeah!

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

I can't wait to get Kinect for my Laptop

Haasdude
Haasdude

I also find myself not using my Kinect as much as I'd like to. I picked up The Gunstringer at launch last month, but after plowing through that I'm back to square one. Looking forward to seeing how well Kinect is implemented in the upcoming dashboard update.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

If only Kinect had processer inbuilt as well as higher resolution camera then it's awesome. :(

stomponyahead
stomponyahead

What I want to know is what good games are coming out for kinect and how they are going to use it in new mainstream games.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I find it sad that the things I will use my Kinect most will soon be Comcast OnDemand and HBO GO (say "huh-boe-go"). I had hopes by now a game OTHER than Your Shape would be begging for my flailing.

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

I predict that American cars are going to see an unexpected surge in popularity sometime in the near future...

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

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Flint247
Flint247

I hope Kinect becomes cheaper soon so I can get it. :)