When it was first launched back in November 2010 there were a number of skeptics that doubted how well the Microsoft Kinect would do. The device has proven to be a major success for the company, and last year they first revealed a new version of the motion controller would be coming for PCs. Now today we can tell you that the Kinect will be coming to a Windows PC near you in February.
During Microsoft’s keynote presentation at CES 2012, it was finally confirmed that Kinect would be available for Windows next month. Users will then be able to control their PCs using motion gestures without the need of a mouse. According to a report on Techradar it will also allow your PC to know broader motions such as leaving your position sitting in front of it.
For instance if you get up and leave your PC for any reason the Kinect will recognize this and put the PC to sleep, and when you return automatically turn itself back on. Currently Microsoft hasn’t revealed how this would look in practice, but considering the company’s recent push to unify everything across its devices; it could be similar to what is experienced with the Xbox.
This keynote presentation by Microsoft was to be the last one in the near future at the CES event, and saw CEO Steve Ballmer taking to the stage. He again repeated how the company is focusing on Windows and the Metro design in the coming year and despite rumors didn’t say anything about the next Xbox.
Ballmer did reveal that Microsoft has sold an impressive eighteen million Kinect units so far, and considering there is more than 66 million Xbox 360 users this is set to grow even further. Will you get Kinect for your Windows PC?