Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

Summary: Microsoft officials have shared the final name (Kinect) for its Project Natal control device, and are saying to expect it to be available this November. Why should enterprise users care?

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Microsoft officials have shared the final name (Kinect) for its Project Natal control device, and are saying to expect it to be available this November.

(Update: The actual availability date is November 4 in North America, with a promise of 15 games tailored for it at launch.)

Why should enterprise users care? In April this year, CEO Steve Ballmer said the gesture-recognition camera/sensor Natal/Kinect device will be the most interesting product the company will release this year. Microsoft won't be touting the device as an accompaniment to a PC for a while, but that's where the Redmondians are going with this. A swish of a hand will advance a slide show; a flick of the wrist will allow you to scroll without using a mouse or touchpad.

Blogger Manan Kakkar recently posted about a patent Microsoft is seeking that builds on the Kinect-like gesture-centric experience in the PC space.

Microsoft unveiled the new Kinect name at the E3 show in Los Angeles. The company also showed off some Kinect-enabled games and a a new video chat service at the confab. Microsoft still hasn't shared pricing for Kinect, but it is expected to be $150 or less by most company watchers.

Images: Project Natal becomes Kinect for Xbox 360

Kinect is part of Microsoft's continuing quest to bring to market natural user interface (NUI) technologies, like touch, voice and gesture-recognition. Maybe it's also part of a grand plan to force users to continue to exercise (even if that just means by waving a hand) while being increasingly tied to our PCs?

Topics: Microsoft, Mobility

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • This is Microsoft

    I love Microsoft, Xbox 360, Kinetic, and all the other products they make. :)
    jarrichvdv
    • Hear, hear!

      @jarrichvdv
      The fine folks in Redmond continue to roll out fantastic and exciting products. 2010 is the Year of Microsoft.
      ericesque
      • Over priced MSFT branded crap.

        @ericesque... wifi adapter $100, This new motion sensor, kin to Sony's PS Eyetoy, $150, 250GB HD $130.

        Keep drinking that kool-aide
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      • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

        @ericesque
        This is actually for JM1981 - don't know whether you care for facts or not but they also announced a new standard model of the XBOX 360 that included wi-fi and a 250 gig hd for $299. They've already stopped manufacturing on the older (current) version of the 360 so these new specs are now the standard.

        So keep on being a fan-boy!!
        cwhistler
    • At $150???

      I hope that is a teaser price to see how people will respond... because they will find that the response is overwhelmingly negative. The Wii succeeded not ONLY because it evolved gaming from a niche audience to one that many more people would enjoy, but because the device was relatively **inexpensive** also. You shell out $300 for the console, then they want another $150 for the motion controller? Ain't gonna happen, not if they're seeking the same sort of mass appeal. The PS3 didn't see sales take off until the price came down from the stratosphere. People have a price expectation for console hardware, and $450 out of the gate is waaaaay too high (particularly in a recession!).

      Microsoft, if you want to see this device take off, $50 would be a sweet spot... anything over $75 and you will see disappointing sales.
      blu_vg@...
      • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

        @blu_vg@... Aint' gonna happen? Oh no, it's gonna happen. I want one now, today.
        Travelcard
      • Really?

        @blu_vg@... Apple doesn't give discounts on it's innovative products. Neither should MSFT.
        MSFTWorshipper
    • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

      @jarrichvdv <br><br>Yes, I agree. The kinect is the best deal because its going to cost $100 just for 4 mics and the camera they have in kinect if you bought them seperately and new so dont judge the price its fairly good based on the hardware. if thewy release it for $100 they have me sold because if someone hates it later and returns it to gamestop they will mostly likely have a $75 version. just think about it people!

      As I say think before you speak!
      jeffman_z
    • They'll sell 30M WiMo devices next year!

      @jarrichvdv ...

      They'll sell 30 million WiMo devices next year! IDC said so in a Microsoft funded study: http://industry.bnet.com/technology/10008356/30m-windows-phone-7-handsets-by-2011-yup-its-math-not-magic/

      It is to laugh. A shame I can't link the Simpsons' Nelson "HA HA!" image here.

      They'll be lucky to move 30 thousand. This failure is going to be epic in the annals of IT. Trainwreck. Implosion. Impotent. The press is going to be searching for new adjectives to describe this disaster. It's going to be hilarious.

      This is going to be a Vista-type debacle, where you don't dare get too close to the fail for fear some of it will stick to you and be contagious. It's kind of the WinMo Zombie plague - a headshot is best, but if you must, KILL IT WITH FIRE. If it bites you, you're doomed.
      symbolset
    • This is Microsoft

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    • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

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  • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

    I wonder if we will see the same issues we saw with the Wii where out of shape gamers were injuring themselves due to having to make gestures and actual physical movements. Should be interesting to watch the health reports after this is released.
    Loverock Davidson
  • Meh, the presentation event was not magical. I bet Kinect will not...

    I bet Kinect will not be magical either.<br><br>Microsoft could have made it magical if they wanted to, they could have hired a man in a turtleneck to give a magical presentation and BAM... a <b>Magical Event</b> (maybe a magical product too, who knows.)<br><br>It would have been much cheaper to them too. No wonder Apple overtaking Microsoft, they know where <b>NOT</b> to spend their money.<br><br>Edit: The turtleneck must be black, of course.
    OS Reload
  • Interesting

    It'll be nice to see where this technology goes.

    @OS Reload: Get lost. Go troll The Apple Core Blog.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • It goes the same place you're going

      @NStalnecker <br><br>Nowhere.
      OS Reload
  • The "swish" sounds annoying for presentations

    I think it will end up just being annoying and in the way.

    Think about how often you see presenters giving a presentation and constantly waving their hands and arms. This is natural when giving presentations. So either you live with accidentally "swishing" the presentation forward and backward or you move the device outside the presentation area then walk outside of the area to "swish".

    I guess Microsoft can tight the "swish" down so you have to be "swishing" exactly horizontal or vertical then you are going to get people "swishing" multiple times to finally get the gesture to work.

    A button click is nearly flawless.

    It will be interesting to see what consumers do end up using this for. Many times these types of products come out and people use them for things very different than the developers ever dreamed of.
    dragosani
    • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

      @dragosani

      Well you'd think that, then you'd notice that the Wii did surprisingly well for a sucky game company. (Like c'mon, Goldeneye to Gamecube..)

      And the majority of Wii users I know bought it for WiiFit. I've improved their games as much as I could, but the Wii was really let down by devs NOT using it to it's full (admittedly small) potential.

      But imagine an X360 with this, top of the range console of today with a reasonably innovative product from a very business-like company. The potential is much higher, so in theory it will not only suck less, it will be awesome.

      In theory. -.-
      Cyberjester
    • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

      @dragosani
      All Microsoft needs to do then is add Kinect forward and back buttons to Powerpoint. Problem solved!
      BitsNpcs
  • RE: Microsoft Kinect: For gamers this November; for business users ... later

    @Osreload,

    You're really full of shit do you no that?
    The technology is fantastic and awesome. I see real potentials for Microsoft as regards financials on that front.
    I think you should stop this MSFT bashing and become more positive. It will go a long way to really building you up mentally.
    "Osreload"reload.
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