Here's Why You Need To Buy ANOTHER Kinect


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The Kinect Windows Development kit and Kinect for Windows sensor is now available for anyone who wants to create or use computer applications that interface with the device, reports Pocket Lint.The new sensor (yes, it is a physically different device from the one you use with an Xbox) has advanced speech and audio capabilities, a “near mode” that makes its motion-sensing capabilities work as close as 40 centimeters away, and improved skeletal tracking for identifying individual users.

Microsoft is supposedly in talks with more than 300 different companies to build Windows software that uses the Kinect.

Craig Eisler, general manager for Kinect for Windows, said, “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.”

The sensor is currently available only in the U.S. for $249, though it will soon land in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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