Microsoft Kills Off Its Kinect Sensor

Microsoft Kills Off Its Kinect Sensor
The company has finally called time on its depth-sensing and motion-detecting games peripheral.

(CCM) — Microsoft has finally abandoned production of its Kinect body motion sensor, seven years after the product was originally launched, The Telegraph is reporting.

Microsoft has sold about 35 million Kinect units in the seven years, and in 2011 it was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fasted-selling consumer device ever. At the time it was far more advanced than the motion sensors on the Nintendo Wii game console, the product which established the body motion game genre in 2006. An updated Kinect 2.0 for Microsoft's Xbox One was released in 2013.

While the Kinect was never the success that Microsoft had hoped for with gamers, it was popular with hardware hackers who used the motion detection and depth sensing capabilities of the Kinect in numerous home-brew non-gaming projects.

Although the product has been killed, its depth sensing and facial recognition technologies live on in products such as Microsoft's HoloLens and Windows Hello.

PrimeSense, the Israeli company which originally developed the Kinect, was acquired by Apple in 2013, and the depth-sensing technology built into Apple's iPhone X to enable its Face ID authentication system is very similar to that used by the Kinect.

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