Microsoft has announced that in 2012, they will release a commercial version of their Kinect motion and voice sensing platform for the PC, first introduced as an add-on to the Xbox. Kinect gamers interact with games by moving their bodies around instead of pushing buttons on a controller. A non-commercial development kit has been knocking around since June. The platform will consist of new Kinect hardware, USB connectivity, an improved close-range camera, and further enhancements of the software to optimize it for the Windows PC.
Microsoft also has just launched a new initiative, the Kinect Accelerator incubation project. This initiative through BizSpark will help software startups by providing access to Microsoft software development tools, connection to key industry investors, and by providing marketing visibility. The Kinect Accelerator will give 10 tech-oriented companies using Kinect an investment of $20,000 each, plus a number of other perks. Applications are being accepted through January 25th, 2012. At the end of the program, each company will have an opportunity to present at an Investor Demo Day.
It will be interesting to see who brings me my Minority Report inspired Air-User interface first! BRING IT!!