Microsoft is busy pushing ahead with Kinect for Windows, rolling it out to PCs in a number of new territories across the globe. Nineteen more countries over the coming months, Microsoft notes. Those markets include Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, which are scheduled for late May.
In June it will follow up in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
The bigger news, however, is that version 1.5 of Kinect for Windows is due for release at the end of May. This is set to add a major new feature called Kinect Studio, which lets developers "record, playback and debug clips of users engaging with their applications."
The device's tracking functionality will also be improved in v1.5, with the addition of what Microsoft calls "10-joint" skeletal tracking. This gives the sensor the ability to track seated individuals at the PC, with the capability to track the head, neck and arms. That sounds like it will be quite a step forward in terms of desk-based Kinect usage.
Four new languages will be supported in terms of speech recognition, too; French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian.
How long will it be before Kinect isn't just a tool for family fun in the living room, but a part of the PC's user interface in terms of motion and speech control?
Source: Kinect for Windows Blog