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Microsoft Working On Kinect 2 75

itwbennett writes "Eurogamer published a piece on a rumored Kinect 2 system that will most likely launch with the next iteration of the Xbox line, which might be sometime between late 2012 and 2014. Eurogamer says this new Kinect won't be hobbled by the limitations of the USB 2.0 port that the current Kinect uses; instead the hardware will be designed to give the new Kinect a faster pipeline to the system's internals. What this means, says blogger Peter Smith is that 'not only can Kinect 2 read finger movements (high on the wish-list for the current hardware) but it can read lips, too. I don't think they mean this in the sense that it can extrapolate what you're saying from your lip movements, but that it can tell who in a room is speaking by matching lip movement to audio input.'"
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Microsoft Working On Kinect 2

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 29, 2011 @07:04PM (#38208274)

    So, the question is will it be USB 3.0 or something proprietary.

    My guess would be proprietary, so they don't have to worry about it getting hacked this time. Of course, that would also mean that there's a new XBox in the works.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 29, 2011 @07:49PM (#38208820)

    clearly you don't see the potential in a cheap consumer tracking device then.

    given the cost, Kinect is actually an amazing bit of technology, and it will be interesting to see where things progress in the next few years in this space.

  • by exomondo ( 1725132 ) on Tuesday November 29, 2011 @08:37PM (#38209288)

    Didn't Kinect come from a company MS bought the rights from? or did they buy the company? Is this the same brain trust or the MS brain trust?

    PrimeSense developed the hardware, MS developed the software.

    except it didnt, unless by developed you mean MS ported PrimeSenses code (openni) to xbox360

    Except it did, otherwise the Kinect and Windows SDKs would merely be OpenNI, which they aren't. If you've actually used them you'll see the feature sets are quite different and operate in different ways.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.