The Kinect looks a little like a wide web cam and sits beneath your TV. If you have the newest iteration of the Kinect Xbox 360 console, it connects to your machine via the special port at the back; if you have an older machine you will need to use the Kinect adaptor, which comes with the standalone Kinect package.
Kinect sensor is capable of distinguishing between up to six people, although its motion tracking capabilities are restricted to two players simultaneously.
Much ahs been made of the latency that may exist when player movement into on screen action.
Football, bowling, boxing, table tennis and several track and field events get the Kinect treatment with varying degrees of success. Despite some rough edges, all the activites are intuitive and accessable, and if you’re playing with friends and family you will laugh constantly – especially when viewing the automatic video replays, which show your idiotic movements.
Kinect builds on software technology developed internally by Rare, a subsidiary of Microsoft Game Studio owned by Microsoft, and on range camera technology by Israeli developer PrimeSense, which developed a system that can interpret specific gestures, making completelty hands-free control of electronic dvices possible by using infrared projector and camera and a special microchip to track the movement of objects and individuals in three dimension.
Kinect is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows PCs. It enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.
Microsoft released Kinect software development kit for Windows 7 on June 16, 2011. This SDK was meant to allow developers to write Kinecting apps C++/CLI, C#, or Visual Basic .Net.
Requiring at least 190 MB of available space, the Kinect system software allows users to operate the Xbox 360 Dashboard console user interface through voice commands and hard gestutres.
Techniques such as voice recognition and facial recognition are employed to automatically identify users. Among the applications for Kinect is Video Kinect, which enables voice chat with other Xbox 360 users or users of Windows Live Messenger.
24 million units of the Kinect sensor had been shipped by February 2013. Having sold 8 million units in its first 60 days on the market, Kinect has claimed the Guinness World Record of being the “fastest selling consumer electronics device”