Microsoft Moves Kinect Technology into Laptops

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) barrels ahead in its quest to get Kinect technology into a broader range of devices. The company is making laptops that feature Kinect motion sensors, said a report by The Daily.

Microsoft, who announced a desktop version of the Kinect at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, has built prototype laptops that support voice and gesture commands in the soon-to-be launched Windows 8, according to the report, which cites a source at Microsoft. The laptops feature small sensors arranged over the top of the screen and LEDs at the bottom.

The application of the technology is not limited to gaming. It would also allow a user to move from program to program or control media with only a gesture, opening the door for potential advancements for disabled users.

It’s unlikely that Microsoft will build its own laptops, as the company seems to favor farming out its technology to hardware manufacturers. It also will probably look to developers for future innovations on its original platform, the report said.

It will be interesting to see what is revealed next month when a public preview of Windows 8 is made available. Windows 8 is slated to launch in October of this year.

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