Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows technology is a line of motion sensing input devices used to allow gamers to control video games in new and exciting ways. It works with Microsoft Windows (Windows 7 and newer), Xbox 360 and Xbox One video gaming consoles to provide some really cool and immersive gaming experiences. To date, Microsoft has sold over 25 million units.
The Kinect itself is a webcam-style unit that you can place on top of your television or monitor. When setup and ready to go, the Kinect allows you to interact with your games without the need for a game controller. The Kinect enables a natural user interface, handing game play over to the users’ motion and voice.
Kinect specs are actually quite straightforward. There’s a USB 2.0 connection used to connect the device to your console. Besides that, there’s a 640x480 pixel RGB camera, and 640x480 pixel IR depth-finding camera.
Released on February 1, 2012, the Kinect entered an already crowded motion and voice sensing market that included the Wii Remote Plus and Playstation Move. A software development kit was made available on Windows 7 on June 16, 2011, allowing developers to write apps using C++, C#, Visual Basic, or .NET.