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Slated to launch on February 1st is Kinect for Windows, are you ready to rush out and buy one of these? I don’t want to come down on this latest venture from Microsoft, but I don’t think its really geared to the average consumer and has a bit of a hill to climb.


Don’t get me wrong, I love the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and get it hands down, no pun intended there. I think it by far beats out what the Wii or Playstation have to offer. But is it meant for Windows?

The answer in short is yes. Is it meant for everyone though? That is the real question here and I don’t think its ready for everyone just yet. For starters, I haven’t seen any news about any Kinect for Windows Apps being made available for consumers at launch.

Then why is it coming out and who will buy it then? I think this is really meant for developers and hobbyists to pick up and create stuff with to begin with. I think it has clear possibilities for non gaming use, but this is not for the general public just yet.

For starters, the device is pretty much the same size as the existing Kinects and if I’m sitting in front of my laptop, do I really want to setup something of this size and wave my hands in front of the screen to make it do things? I’m this close already and if I had a touch screen available, I think I’d rather do that for interaction with my PC.

If anything else, I’d rather just speak to my PC and have it do the things I tell it and that is something I’m looking forward to even more in the future. I think Kinect for Windows is a good idea, I just don’t think its quite ready for Primetime just yet.

I think it really needs to be way smaller in a form factor for up close use and perhaps even built into the laptop screens. Even then, I’m not sure if I want to waye my hands at it still. I think these Kinect Windows Apps really need to be built and pushed to the Xbox 360. I think it makes sense to wave your arms around from the comfort of your couch and I would like to see the Apps released here, perhaps even something that is accessed by connecting to your PC via the Xbox even.

It will be interesting to watch and see what happens and I do expect in the future we will see smaller form factors and find these Kinect features will be built inside things like laptops and other PCs, perhaps we'll even see Kinect built into some TVs in the future and have the ability to store Apps inside them or connect wirelessly to our Home PCs. What ever happens, some cool things are up ahead for sure.

Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:58 AM | Back to top

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