Your next laptop could have Microsoft's Kinect built into it

Summary:Microsoft is finally delivering on its promise to bring Kinect to the PC with official support, but most people would probably assume it would be most useful with a desktop.

Microsoft is finally delivering on its promise to bring Kinect to the PC with official support, but most people would probably assume it would be most useful with a desktop. Nonetheless, it appears that the motion-control technology could also show up on portable systems, according to a report in The Daily.

The Redmond giant recently showed off a couple of notebook prototypes from Asus that included Kinect sensors and ran Windows 8. The Daily speculates that use of the motion sensors makes sense for gaming as well as switching between apps or as a replacement for media controls.

While Kinect seems like a natural on, say a 27-inch all-in-one PC, it might be more a stretch on a smaller screen, especially the type of group gaming scenarios that work well with the Kinect and Xbox today. Then again, motion control may make more sense on a laptop than a multi-touch on-screen interface, which works better on a tablet that you can hold a foot away from your face.

Do you think Kinect makes sense on a laptop? If so, how would you envision using it? Let us know in the Talkback section.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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