Microsoft is working on implanting its motion sensing technology, Kinect into Windows operating system. Recently ‘The Daily’ got a look at Windows 8 powered Asus laptop which has an array of small sensors at the top of screen near webcam. If Kinect technology implemented on Windows systems then we may soon be able to control programs with the wave of our hands.
According to Wikipedia “Kinect is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.”
Kinect was made to compete with the Wii Remote Plus and PlayStation Move with PlayStation Eye motion controllers. The Kinect sensoris a horizontal bar connected to a small base with a motorized pivot and is designed to be positioned lengthwise above or below the video display. The device features an “RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software”,which provide full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition and voice recognition capabilities.
There are a lot of possibilities of Kinect technology for software developers. Imagine swiping your finger in the air to switch between windows or applications. You may control your song playlist or media player without having to be right at the keyboard. These laptops would also offer additional control for disabled users.
Microsoft may release Kinect for Windows on Feb 1, 2012. Microsoft’s plan to get the Kinect out of the living room and into other devices seems to be picking up momentum every day. The tech giant will probably not be making in-house devices but give Kinect license to hardware manufacturers. Kinect for laptops is under development, get ready for potential new ways to interact with your laptop.