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Microsoft said testing Kinect built into notebooks

updated 09:45 am EST, Fri January 27, 2012

Kinect notebooks may use motion for Windows 8

Microsoft is not only planning to release Kinect for Windows but is aiming to make motion control a built-in feature for PCs, according to fresh leaks. Those at The Daily claim to have used two prototype Windows 8 notebooks where the Kinect sensor system replaces the normal webcam. A Microsoft insider claimed that the ASUS-branded systems are testbeds with the hint they may become real products.

As with most Microsoft computing experiments, it's unlikely Microsoft itself would develop a system. It would, however, want to test the functionality of the platform itself or to help early manufacturers optimize their systems.

Timing for when integrated Kinect would be demonstrated or released isn't known. It could appear as soon as the public preview version of Windows 8 late in February or with the finished version of the OS late this year.

The addition of Kinect could be Microsoft's way of addressing the desire for a gesture-based interface on notebooks without the problems pointed out by companies like Apple with fatigue and smudges from having to touch an upright screen. Kinect would let users wave through home screens and apps without having to exert as much effort and while possibly supporting complex gestures and motion-specific apps.

Apple's approach to non-traditional input has been to put all its efforts into iOS devices while so far limiting advanced input on Macs to multi-touch trackpad commands.

By Electronista Staff


  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001


    can you imagine

    sitting in a coffee joint doing work on your laptop and half the people are waving at their computers? LOL

    (no I'm not saying Kinect in laptops is a dumb idea)

  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010


    I am

    climacs, you may not be saying it's a dumb idea but I am.

    I type and then stop and think. My fingers move. I'll be working on the computer and stop to talk to someone, I move . My fingers move. The last thing I want is for the computer to decide that a particular wiggle means shut down or delete document or open a p*** site. FWIW I hate 'tapping' too. You know tapping, that feature where every time you brush the trackpad it opens something or moves something or turns the volume up. Tapping was the single stupidest idea in computing history (no I stand corrected that would be the Ribbon in Office) and I disable it every chance I get. Putting Kinect and a gesture based interface into a laptop would be taking stupid to the third power.

  1. garmonbosia

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2002


    M$ has a long history

    of not understanding technology or how to implement it in a useful way. It's like when Gates decided that tablets were the computer of the future without having a clue as to how we would use them in our daily lives.

    Expanding on climacs' coffee shop visualization, I can imagine a new form of hacking where the kids walk past the kinect nerds and do some gesturing of their own. What's the gesture for control-alt-delete?

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    and yet

    Everyone thinks a bunch of people sitting in the coffee shop trying to talk to their computers or devices is a great idea! Guess it all depends on who's doing the "innovating".

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