Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

Summary: Gesture-based TV control, anyone?

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Rumors are circulating that TV manufacturers Vizio and Sony Microsoft is in talks with to integrate the Kinect motion sensing technology into next-generation televisions.

Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

The idea is that a Kinect-enabled TV would network with a PC (Windows 8 PCs) and also allow you to control the TV with gestures (I already throw a lot of gestures the way of my TV, so this could be useful).

The whole rumor hinges on 'sources familiar with the subject' so I'm not holding my breath, but it could happen. That said, if it does (and that's a massive 'if' right there), I don't see it making much of a splash.  The TV market is highly competitive and hugely cut-throat, and TVs are themselves low-margin commodities. When it comes to buying TVs, people have two metrics - How much is it, and will it fit in the space I have for it? Gimmicks built into TVs don't seems to fire up consumers and encourage them to buy and I doubt that bolting a Kinect into a TV would have widespread appeal.

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  • My concern would be privacy

    I would want to have an indicator (LED?) as to when that thing was active.
    OrlandoHatch
  • This would give Apple a run for it's money...

    If Apple builds in Siri to TVS where you talk to it...

    Kinect would...

    1. Built-in camera - would turn your TV into a super cam and SKYPE with family over built-in TV internet

    2. Save millions in remote controls - just "minority report" your TV selections.

    3. Use your TV as "Siri" - the Kinect has a mic too, and Kinect has basic-commands like Open, Play, etc. All it needs is some voice tuning - Hey Google, can you help?
    LuxoM3
    • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

      @LuxoM3 You are missing the one thing that Microsoft is most interested in. It would be the ultimate spy device. This could be used or all sorts of nefarious purposes. Imagine hacking a competitors TV, and posting the resulting videos on You Tube. Google would be foolish to help Microsoft, Microsoft would simply steal more of Google???s IP. Microsoft has a long and well documented history of IP theft
      Rick_Kl
      • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

        @Rick_Kl

        So you have sources of this mass IP theft from Microsoft that you are trolling about? Funny, I've only heard of Apple and Google collecting PI without the users knowledge, and nothing about MS, so go back under your bridge troll!
        omdguy
      • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

        @Rick_Kl
        I admire your energy levels to troll.
        Ram U
      • Correct. Why should Apple be the only one spying on it's customers

        @Rick_Kl
        they have been caught so many times that people now [i]expect[/i] Apple to be spying on them.

        Not only is it understood that Apple is one of the world's largest users of stolen IP, it is also assumed that they likely have the largest database of information of it's users obtained via "spying".

        The articles are there for you to read.
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

        Seems I have hooked three egregious Windows Trolls with one post. Rather than dispute what is said, the Windows Trolls post ad homonym attacks!
        Rick_Kl
      • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

        @Rick_Kl
        Your response also not denying the fact that you are not trolling and shows your lack of spirit by just flagging our comments. Happy thanksgiving and relax, it is afterall technology and I think there are better things in life to enjoy rather than trolling here on ZDNET blogs over some stupid technology.
        Ram U
      • Agreed

        @Rama.NET
        +1

        :|
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

        @Rama.NET

        So, isn't this a good case to decide the outcome of many, if not all of "Rick_Kl"'s commentary? Starve a troll of it's food, etc...
        TechNickle
      • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

        @Rick_Kl Kinect already exists, it's already present in many living rooms all over the world, nearly all connected to the internet. I suggest you go shiver in your cave and wait for the apocalypse where MS will reign the world.
        belli_bettens@...
  • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

    I dont think there is anything more obvious than TV's that have computing power built into them. Kinect is the obvious controller as well. Using gestures and voice command to control TV is better idea than using it as a game controller. Thow in Skype and you have a very compelling living room experience.
    nanderto
  • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

    What I really want is 55" Microsoft surface wall mounted with kinect built in running Windows 8 for less than $3,000. Given that MS is going to integrate XBox Services into Windows 8 and that ARM support will be there as well, a cheap windows pc integrated with a great TV could finnaly be the unified living room device so many have tried to make. If this was available next year, it would trounce anything apple or google could come up with.
    Drewidian
    • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

      @Drewidian

      You wish all that tech for only $3000 dollars? Heck, that system would trounce anything brought to market by Apple, Google and all the manufactures combined living on the planet Zantoo in the Delta Quadrant.

      Considering I have read online reports stating that just the MS Surface Table alone carries a price tag between 8,000 and 11,000 dollars, I imagine your dream system might take a few years before it's price matches your wishes.
      kenosha77a
      • Take a $700 TV, marry it to a $400 PC, add Kinect and wireless,

        and, you end up with a Televuter that wouldn't have to cost more than $1500 -2000. And, with a second monitor, the TV and computer portions, could be shared and work independently.
        adornoe
  • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

    I have frequent trouble with the voice control feature, so my vote is no. It's glitchy and too sensitive. Sometimes it picks up other noises from the tv and activates itself. I can only imagine this become more of an issue if it's built in.
    HeadspringMary
  • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

    Sure. Heck, lets put the Xbox interface on the TV, put in a hard drive and a wireless receiver, hook it up to the Wi-Fi, get Netflix, Hulu, Bing, MSN Messenger, Notifications, Weather, all on the TV without attaching the actually Xbox for games (which you'd get the actual box for).
    avatoin
    • RE: Do you want a Microsoft Kinect built into your TV?

      @avatoin

      Well, I personally got the Xbox 360 for MediaCenter and Netflix. Games were an added bonus. What has been nice is that I've spent my money once, and it just keeps getting better for *free. *with Gold membership.
      TechNickle
  • Really? "Gimmicks built into TVs donâ??t seems to fire up consumers"

    So that's why tvs sold this last year had wifi chips and netflix built in? Bzzzzzt wrong. Guess again. tv's will be getting cameras and microphones for skype anyway. Kinect would be great. two cams for 3d vision mean possible 3d skype. RAM and arm cpus will also be going in so why have a separate box. Do you really need yet another power supply, remote, nic, etc. etc. etc.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Seriously, what the hell are you smoking?

      @Johnny Vegas Netfix is a SERVICE that enhances the TV. It provides movies and the Wi-fi and networking is needed for it to work.

      On the other hand, Kinect is a GIMMICK that provides little to no functionality to a TV. Oh hell, it barely adds anything to the XBox game experience.
      wackoae