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Kinect for Windows Available Now

Posted Thu, 02 Feb 2012 by James Newton

Out now

Out now

Sensor gets serious support

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows project has finally reached the outside world, as the new hardware and software is released in 12 different countries.

The enhanced Kinect hardware includes a new near-focus mode that lets it pick up objects 40cm from its cameras. It also comes with a year's access to software and firmware updates for around $249.99.

Beginning today, Microsoft invites businesses around the world to innovate with new the Kinect for Windows hardware and software.

London – 1st February 2012 – Microsoft puts the power of Kinect into the hands of companies around the globe, launching the Kinect for Windows commercial program today. Now any business can join innovation leaders, such as United Health Group, American Express, Mattel, Telefonica, and Toyota that already are developing applications with Kinect for Windows. As part of the Kinect for Windows early adoption program, over 300 companies from more than 25 countries are exploring ways to improve internal operations, build new customer experiences, and potentially revolutionise their industries.

To further encourage small businesses to change the world with Kinect for Windows, Microsoft and Tech Stars are running a Kinect Accelerator program — offering entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators the opportunity to develop applications with Kinect as part of a 3-month intensive competition. For more information, visit the Kinect Accelerator site.

“It’s been just over a year since we launched Kinect for Xbox 360, and we’re only starting to scratch the surface of what’s possible with Kinect,” said Craig Eisler, general manager for Kinect for Windows. “By offering hardware and software that’s designed specifically for Windows applications, we hope to inspire visionaries around the world to create transformative breakthroughs with Kinect — taking its gesture and voice capabilities beyond the living room into other industries such as education, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail.”

Kinect for Windows features and availability
The Kinect for Windows sensor is a fully-tested and supported Kinect experience on Windows and is built for developers. It offers features such as advanced speech and audio capabilities with the latest Microsoft Speech components; “near mode” which sees objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the sensor; improved skeletal tracking that enables control over which user is being tracked by the sensor; and a commercial ready installer that makes it easy to install Kinect for Windows runtime and driver components for end-user deployments.

The Kinect for Windows commercial license and purchasable hardware will be available in 12 countries (United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and United States). With a one-year warranty and access to ongoing software updates for both speech and human tracking. Kinect for Windows sensors and accessories can be purchased directly from an online store or from our global network of distributors and resellers. You can visit to find a distributor or reseller.

Tags: Kinect, Windows, PC.

User Comments


1. teamdoa United Kingdom 02 Feb 2012, 14:13 GMT

Wait a minute, so how come there wasn't a revision to the 360 Kinect hardware?

Also, can you not hook up the 360 Kinect hardware to the PC?


2. James United Kingdom 03 Feb 2012, 09:50 GMT

Because there aren't as many applications for using Kinect 40cm from the TV. And yes, you can hook it up to the PC, but you don't get access to official MS libraries and support etc.

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