Microsoft won’t give up on Kinect for Windows; next iteration coming 2014
At Tuesday’s reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft showed off their next generation Kinect sensor. Our friends up in Redmond don’t want you to forget that the new Kinect unit will also be heading to Windows.
Microsoft released the original software development kit (SDK) in the spring of 2011 for Windows 7. The goal of the program was to expand Kinect’s usage scenario through 3rd party and indie developers. That being said, we have seen some amazing uses of Kinect in the fields of consumer shopping and medicine.
Reflexion Health, a medical software company, had teamed up with the United States Navy Medical Center to advance physical therapy with Kinect for Windows. Dr. Ravi, co-founder of Reflexion, had stated that:
The new generation of Kinect features a higher fidelity 1080p HD camera, an expanded view of field, improved skeletal tracking, and active infrared capabilities. The new unit is a step forward not only for gamers, but those in the medical field who see Kinect as a way to motivate and help analyze patient conditions.
It was announced at the Xbox One Reveal event that the new Kinect sensor has the added ability to track a person’s distribution of weight, exerted force on individual limbs, and heartbeat all in real time. The future of modern medicine might be here and it just might be Kinect.
The new SDK will most likely be shown off at the upcoming BUILD 2013 event in San Francisco, so stay tuned.
What non-gaming scenarios would you like to see Kinect being used in?
Sources: Reflexion Health Case Study (opens in new tab), Kinect for Windows Blog (opens in new tab), The Fire House
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There are limits where privacy is concerned. These Big Brother-esque things really start to get on my nerves. And I highly doubt the EU will allow these kinds of things lightly. Even that medical thing.
It's the way these things are evolving and the fact that you're allowing a corporation to enter through your house and literally monitorize your every move if you're not careful. These apparently harmless things have a dangerous part to them. And I personally don't feel confortable with that. (same with Google Glasses etc) Call me paranoid. I don't care. I don't like the idea of having systems that can be connected to the internet and collect a sh*t ton of personal data, including physical data. And you can bet that these issues WILL be raised sooner or later by Governments and lawyers.