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Microsoft Confirms New Kinect Hardware for Windows

Microsoft Corp., after gradually embracing the fact that hackers are tinkering with their Kinect motion-sensing video game controller, is currently engaged in developing Kinect for PCs.

Kinect was launched last year and since then hackers are trying to fiddle with this new device to find out ways such that the device is more helpful, from navigating computer's file system by using gestures to provide visual sensors for robots. Now this idea has been adopted by Microsoft itself and is working towards a specialised Kinect hardware for PCs.

General manager of Kinect for Windows, Craig Eisler, stated that the company is cutting short the USB cable and also adding a dongle in order to tap multiple devices in the single USB port.

The company is planning to update the firmware on the device so that depth camera located on Kinect can be empowered to see items as near as 50 centimetres away, as published on a post in MSDN blog (opens in new tab).

Eisler also wrote, "Near Mode' will enable a whole new class of 'close up' applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360."

According to company reports, Kinect PC hardware will debut in the market in early 2012 along with the launch of Kinect for Windows commercial program.

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