Since Microsoft released the Kinect for the Xbox 360 it has proved a major success. Back in January Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer hinted that the Kinect could indeed eventually have Windows support. There are signs that Windows 8 could support controller-less gaming.
Oliver Haslam of Redmond Pie is reporting that the current Milestone version of Windows 8 has a Sensor Control Panel. It also makes reference to an option called ‘Detect Human Presence’. Add to this some leaked slides which show software recognizing people and things start to make more sense.
Back in June of last year the company showcased plans for a Windows PC to recognize a user’s face when sitting down, and then its actions depended on which user was sitting in front of it. Logging in based on your face was a new thing at the time, but that’s what people now do with their Kinect.
The problem will be getting the software working with all hardware, and not just the something as technical as the Kinect with its two cameras. If Microsoft can crack the technology it could prove a massive shot in the arm for the company.
Would you like to see the technology come to PCs?