Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Kinect Hardware

Microsoft has announced that there will be new Kinect hardware (including new firmware) next year when they launch the commercial platform. It's not clear whether the firmware of the current devices can be upgraded.

The most important feature for me will be the "Near Mode" that is optimized down to 50cm distance and should even work (though less well) at 40cm. Quoting Craig Eisler:
"This is one of the most requested features from the many developers and companies participating in our Kinect for Windows pilot program and folks commenting on our forums, and we’re pleased to deliver this, and more, at launch."
Thanks to those who supported my thread in the kinect forums!

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