Kinect for Windows Announced!

This week everyone brings their latest, shiniest gadgets, doo-dads, and things-a-ma-jigs to Las Vegas for the annual Consumers Electronics Show (CES).  Microsoft is no exception! We sent our grand champion benevolent leader Steve Ballmer to speak to the masses of savvy tech lovers about many of the rad things Microsoft has brewing.

Steve Balmer

Balmer says, "YES! I love Kinect!"

Team Kinect has been kicking some major behind this year and we earned a shout out from the big cheese!

The most exciting part of the show was when we got to announce our latest awesome step forward. From the Kinect for Windows team blog:

The incredible amount of innovation on Kinect for Xbox 360 this past year shows the potential for Kinect as a platform for developers and businesses to build new and innovative offerings. Along with many others, we have only begun to explore the potential of this amazing technology. This proliferation of creative and imaginative new ideas for Kinect, which we call the Kinect Effect, will expand even further with our commercial release of Kinect for Windows.

We are also thrilled to pieces to announce the new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 in 12 countries (United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom), at a suggested retail price of US $249. Kinect for Windows hardware will be available, in limited quantities at first, through a variety of resellers and distributors. The price includes a one-year warranty, access to ongoing software updates for both speech and human tracking, and our continued investment in Kinect for Windows-based software advancements. Later this year, we will offer special academic pricing (planned at US $149) for Qualified Educational Users.

In other words, we’re putting our money where our mouth is and doing all we can to support the space geniuses and visionaries developing sweet Kinect Hacks! We’ve been amazed and inspired by the ways people have made use of Kinect beyond the living room. The Kinect for Windows initiative is intended to support these innovations by giving an affordable, accessible way to utilize Kinect in a way that is more stable and scalable.

We’ve seen so many of the ways that Kinect technology fuels innovation in so many industries. For example, Kinect has been used in hospitals to help doctors and nurses maintain a cleaner, more sterile surgical theater.

This all kicks off on February 1st, 2012! If you want to learn more about the Kinect for Windows program be sure to visit the Kinect for Windows site and blog.

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