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Microsoft planning to take Kinect beyond Video Games

After the success of the Microsoft Kinect on the Xbox gaming console, it is time for the popular technology to work its magic on Televisions and laptops in the future.

The popular Microsoft Kinect sensor might be integrated into Televisions and laptops in the future. At Microsoft’s TechForum in Seattle this week, Senior advisor to the CEO, Craig Mundie revealed the plans that the company has for its Kinect technology. Microsoft has recently unveiled a new envisioning center at its campus. This center hosts a number of Kinect-powered demonstrations which illustrate the various ways in which Kinect technology could be put to practical use. Every demo made use of the Kinect Sensor in some way or the other.

Craig Mundie said “You want to be as cheap as possible and physically as small as possible. My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this.” He was referring to the bezel of the Surface Tablet.

So it clear that Microsoft wants to make the Kinect as small and portable as possible so that the company can take full advantage of this technology and use it to the fullest.

When asked whether Kinect will be embedded into laptop anytime soon, Mundie answered saying “It’s not gonna happen tomorrow, but we can see a path towards that sort of thing.” A partly positive reply indicates that Microsoft must have already started working on something like this. Even the sensors used in the demonstrations at the company’s center appeared to be thinner and smaller than the existing ones. This gave out hints about the possibility of those sensors being a part of the Kinect 2 technology. However, no specific answers were given by the company spokesperson.

Mundle also said that there are a number of challenges to be faced before being able to bring the Kinect technology to laptops and Television. We will have to wait and watch as Microsoft continues to evolve the Kinect.

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