Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Hardware
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Microsoft Targets Kinect Controller for Computers, TVs
Microsoft Targets Kinect Controller for Computers, TVs

By Barry Levine
March 6, 2013 9:54AM

    Bookmark and Share
At its new Envisioning Center on its main campus, Microsoft demonstrated Kinect embedded into a large-screen TV. The integration featured sensors that are reportedly considerably smaller and thinner than current ones. There were also reports last year that Microsoft was working with computer maker Asus, but so far there has been no substantiation.
 



Would you like to control your personal computer or TV by moving your hands in the air? On the heels of Leap Motion's announced rollout for its technology, Microsoft is getting its Kinect technology ready for use in computers, TVs and other non-gaming devices.

The company's chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, told a technical gathering in Seattle this week that the long-term aim is to make the game controller as small and as inexpensive as possible, and to include it in a wide range of devices, including laptops, tablets and TVs. He said that this integration will not "happen tomorrow, but we can see a path towards that sort of thing."

At its new Envisioning Center on its main campus, Microsoft demonstrated Kinect embedded into a large-screen TV. The integration featured sensors that are reportedly considerably smaller and thinner than current ones. There were also reports last year that Microsoft was working with computer maker Asus to develop a Windows 8-based, Kinect-equipped laptop, but so far there has been no substantiation.

Greater Kinect Precision

One startup, Leap Motion, has announced a deal with Asus, which will be releasing high-end computers later this year with Leap Motion's highly precise gestural technology. Leap Motion has also announced that its controller and software will go on sale in May for $80.

One of Leap Motion's key advantages is its precise control, with in-the-air separate tracking of each of 10 fingers and each hand, and resolution up to 1/100th of a millimeter. The company has said its technology is as much as 200 times more sensitive than other motion-control systems. Recently, Microsoft Research demonstrated a greater precision for Kinect that can allow multi-touch capability and such functions as pinch-to-zoom.

Aside from the size and cost of Kinect, there are some other hurdles to overcome. For instance, Kinect is infrared based, which means that it does not work well if sunlight is present.

Touchscreen Versus Kinect

Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, noted that gestural interaction technologies are also being developed by other companies, such as PointGrab. But the key questions are not about the technology, but about the use cases and the usability.

He pointed out that, for a desktop or laptop computer, or for a mobile device, it's probably easier to simply reach out and touch the screen than to keep your gesture confined to the air in front. Gestural interaction becomes more natural, Rubin said, "in a midrange environment, such as a TV in a living room."

On the question of whether arm fatigue becomes an issue for either free-form gestures or touchscreens, Rubin said that fatigue "is more of an issue for touch" than Kinect-like gestures. He also predicted that there could be a use for gestural control in businesses, not only to control screens on walls, but for a "more natural interaction for data manipulation" -- not unlike the interaction shown in the movie Minority Report.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Hardware
1.   PC Shipment Slump Bottoms Out
2.   IBM Earmarks $3B for Next-Gen Chips
3.   Most Networks Not Ready for IoT
4.   Gartner Sees Tablets Up, PCs Down
5.   Review: Tablets with Keyboard Covers


advertisement
Most Networks Not Ready for IoT
But most enterprises are prepared.
Average Rating:
Gartner Sees Tablets Up, PCs Down
But PC sales are recovering.
Average Rating:
Review: Tablets with Keyboard Covers
How do Surface and Lumia stack up?
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks
Hackers from China broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees.
 
Charges: Russian Stole Data from U.S. Restaurants, Zoo
A Russian man arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, authorities say.
 
Another Month, Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday
Microsoft rolled out 59 vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer in June. But the IE-patching party is not over yet. Redmond published six new security bulletins on Tuesday; two, critical; three, important.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.