The Microsoft Kinect has been a major success since it was first released for the Xbox360. The gaming device has a promising future which may not be fully realized until the next Xbox is available. Back in January Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer hinted at support for the Kinect coming to Windows. Today we have news that a Kinect for Windows SDK beta is to be released, and you can watch the announcement via a live stream.
The Microsoft site channel9 will be broadcasting an event at 9.30 a.m. Pacific Time today, and will celebrate the release of the Kinect for Windows SDK beta. According to Patrick Goss of TechRadar the site is currently showing a countdown clock.
The Kinect has proved to be highly popular selling around ten million units in 2010, and sold out in many areas at launch. But connected to a PC will give the device even more potential, and could provide users with voice control of their PCs.
There may be issues with placement of the unit with a PC though as it works better with at least a meter of space between the unit and user. You can see the live stream here. Do you like the idea of the Kinect working with Windows PCs?