Microsoft Announces Next Generation Kinect For Windows Coming Next Year

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Microsoft today announced that next generation Kinect for Windows is coming next year. The new Kinect is capable for recording 1080p videos with advanced CMOS sensors that can record color images upto 30fps. A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are coming next year followed by the release of Kinect sensor with Xbox One later this year.

Some of the key capabilities of the new Kinect sensor include:

  • Higher fidelity The new sensor includes a high-definition (HD) color camera as well as a new noise-isolating multi-microphone array that filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms. Also included is Microsoft’s proprietary Time-of-Flight technology, which measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off an object or person to create unprecedented accuracy and precision.

  • Expanded field of view The expanded field of view accommodates a multitude of differently sized rooms, minimizing the need to modify existing room configurations and opening up new solution-development opportunities. The combination of the new sensor’s higher fidelity plus expanded field of view will give businesses the tools they need to create truly untethered, natural computing experiences such as clicker-free presentation scenarios, more dynamic simulation and training solutions, up-close interactions, more fluid gesture recognition for quick interactions on the go, and much more.
  • Improved skeletal tracking The new sensor tracks more points on the human body than previously, including the tip of the hand and thumb, and tracks six skeletons at once.
  • New active infrared (IR) The all-new active-IR capabilities allow the new sensor to work in nearly any lighting condition and, in essence, give businesses access to a new fourth sensor: audio, depth, color…and now active IR. This will offer developers better built-in recognition capabilities in different real-world settings—independent of the lighting conditions—including the sensor’s ability to recognize facial features, hand position, and more.

Source: Kinect for Windows blog.

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