Feeds

Microsoft readies official Kinect support for PCs

Windows to get Xbox tech

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

In the wake of the many Kinect hacks informally converting the player-sensing control device, Microsoft will release official drivers and a Kinect SDK for Windows PCs.

Hackers tore apart the device late last year and made it run on both Windows and Mac OS X, with video footage released of the device controlling Windows 7.

During an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company would announce official PC support for Kinect "in the right time".

Now, website WinRumors claims Microsoft moles have told it the Software Development Kit will be launched "in the coming months".

Its unnamed source suggested Microsoft will distribute the drivers with a beta tag and will soon incorporate support into a "Community Technical Preview" of the company's XNA Game Studio tools.


The movement Kinect was designed to detect?

It is also claimed the company will integrate Kinect support directly into its next OS release, Windows 8. This is supported by Microsoft's acquisition of 3D gesture expert Canesta and the previous purchase of 3DV Systems, another company specialising in gesture recognition. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.