Microsoft has officially stopped manufacturing and selling the Kinect for Windows peripheral. Instead, it's consolidating its effort into the Xbox One version and selling a PC adapter alongside it.
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Microsoft has announced that it will stop selling the first version of Kinect for Windows in 2015, to push the second generation which supports the latest SDK and many more features.
You can now create a more realistic 3D model of yourself that can be inserted into games, using software designed to take advantage of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows v2 motion tracking sensor.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is already using the preview version of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows v2 hardware and software to control a robotic arm with the help of the Oculus Rift VR product.
Microsoft has announced it now has 500 additional Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview kits for purchase at $399, allowing more people access to the hardware and software.
Microsoft has announced it is now sending out thousands of developer previews of its Kinect for Windows v2 hardware, which is scheduled to officially launch sometime in 2014.
A recent project from MIT uses Microsoft's Kinect technology to help create inFORM, which allows remote users to manipulate real world objects via an interface that changes with a person's movements.
Microsoft shows how its Kinect for Windows hardware and software could be used in retail stores to sell different products in three videos that simulate different retail shopping experiences.
Microsoft is developing a project using its Kinect sensor that would allow users to control Windows with motion gestures, in a move similar to the recently released Leap Motion device.
Microsoft has released the latest version, 1.8, of its Kinect for Windows SDK, adding in new features such as a way to use two Kinect sensors at the same time to make a 3D model and more.
A programmer has figured out a way to control video and HTML5 apps on a television with Google's Chromecast device by using motion gestured power by Microsoft's Kinect for Windows.
The startup company Ubi is now taking orders on its software product that can turn a wall into a touchscreen via a modification of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows.
A Microsoft Research team is working with an application that, when tied into a Kinect for Windows hardware unit, can automatically translate sign language, even from a language other than English.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Kinect sensor included with the Xbox One will not be compatible with PCs, as it won't feature a USB connector or any support from Microsoft to run on Windows
Microsoft is now taking sign ups for people interested in getting early access to the next version of Kinect for Windows, which will cost $399. Sign ups end on July 31st.
A company called nsquared has used Microsoft's Kinect for Windows hardware and sofware to create, among other things, a new type of kiosk made for hotels that are much cheaper than touchscreens.
Microsoft has revealed more information about the next hardware version of Kinect for Windows, which will be shown at BUILD 2013 and will be released sometime in 2014.
A recent software project using Microsoft's Kinect for Windows SDK has come up with FaceMouse, which allows users to have their facial movements replicated as PC mouse movements.
Microsoft has released the newest SDK, version 1.7, for its Kinect for Windows developers, which adds the much anticipated Kinect Fusion 3D modeling functionality and other useful features.
Microsoft has confirmed that the long awaited Kinect Fusion update for the Kinect for Windows SDK will finally be released on Monday, March 18th, along with other new features.
Microsoft has released some sample code for its Kinect for Windows SDK under an open source license via CodePlex. It has also expanded the reach of the device for educational purposes.
Microsoft Research is developing a way to use the upcoming Kinect Fusion update for Kinect for Windows to help doctors see inside a person's brain before they perform surgery.
Microsoft demoed Kinect Fusion in public again this week as part of TechFest. The new technology, which scans objects to create 3D models, will be added to the Kinect for Windows SDK later this year.
UK-based Nottingham Trent University has been awarded a grant to research how Microsoft's Kinect for Windows might be able to help stroke victims recover from facial paralysis.
The popular Source Engine-based sandbox game Garry's Mod is scheduled to receive an update that will include support for using the Kinect motion gesture device from Microsoft.
At BUILD 2012, Microsoft held a panel for Kinect for Windows, where the company showed off some future plans, including Kinect Fusion, which promises to add full 3D reconstruction of real objects.
Microsoft has launched a new update to the SDK tools for Kinect for Windows, adding support for Windows 8 among other new features and improvements. Kinect for Windows is now available in China.
Microsoft has announced that it will launch an update to its Kinect for Windows SDK on October 8th, along with expanding the reach of the device to a number of additional countries.
The Kinect for Windows hardware and SDK is being used by Nissan to give customers a chance to check out the upcoming 2013 Pathfinder before the car is released.
A company called Sigma R&D has created a mod for Kinect for Windows that increases the functions of the hardware, and shows off those features in a cool lightsaber demo movie.
Microsoft has released the 1.5 version of its Kinect for Windows SDK tools for developers, adding support for features such as face tracking, a way to record and play back Kinect data and more.
Leap Motion has announced plans to release a PC and Mac add-on motion sensing interface device that it claims is "200 times more accurate than anything else on the market."
Microsoft has announced that the 1.5 software update for its Kinect for Windows device should be released by the end of May with a number of new features and improvements.
Software developer Evoluce has released the WIN&I Media Viewer, which allows people with Kinect for Windows installed to present images and video by using hand gestures via the Kinect device.
Microsoft's Power and Utilities blog talks about how other companies are using Kinect for Windows in ways to better manage energy consumption in the home and more.
Microsoft demonstrates a new way to go grocery shopping based on using Kinect for Windows, where a grocery cart follows a person around the store, scans items and more.
A third party developer has released Kinect for Media Center, which uses the recently released Kinect for Windows device as a way to control Windows Media Center in Windows 7.
Microsoft has now released the 1.0 version of the Kinect for Windows SDK and runtime files and has also started shipping the Kinect for Windows hardware around the world.
Microsoft has revealed more information about the upcoming Windows version of the Kinect motion gesture controller which will go on sale beginning February 1 for $249.
Microsoft's Kinect for Windows is being used as the basis for a new student competition called FIRST that will have the Kinect motion gesture device control student-created robots.
Microsoft has released the second beta version of its Kinect software development kit for the Windows platform, adding new features to the non-commercial version of the SDK.