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Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect

By Ng Chong Seng - on 26 Oct 2017, 9:56am

Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect

According to a report from Co.Design, Microsoft has stopped manufacturing the Kinect, the webcam-style motion-sensing accessory that made its debut in 2010 for the Xbox 360 and which later came to the Xbox One and Windows PCs.

Mark Wilson, reporting for Co.Design:

Manufacturing of the Kinect has shut down. Originally created for the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s watershed depth camera and voice recognition microphone sold ~35 million units since its debut in 2010, but Microsoft will no longer produce it when retailers sell off their existing stock. The company will continue to support Kinect for customers on Xbox, but ongoing developer tools remain unclear. Microsoft shared the news with Co.Design in exclusive interviews with Alex Kipman, creator of the Kinect, and Matthew Lapsen, GM of Xbox Devices Marketing.

Whether the Kinect is a success is up for debate. Yes, Microsoft sold 35 million units of it and many people love it (especially hackers), but many were bundled sales with the Xbox One (which Microsoft later unbundled). Beyond gamers and researchers, one could argue the Kinect never really took off in the home.

That said, all the Kinect work Microsoft has invested in hasn't gone to waste entirely:

Yet while the Kinect as a standalone product is off the market, its core sensor lives on. Kinect v4–and soon to be, v5–powers Microsoft’s augmented reality Hololens, which Kipman also created. Meanwhile, Kinect’s team of specialists have gone on to build essential Microsoft technologies, including the Cortana voice assistant, the Windows Hello biometric facial ID system, and a context-aware user interface for the future that Microsoft dubs Gaze, Gesture, and Voice (GGV).

Source: Co.Design.

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