Microsoft is launching the second Kinect for Windows on July 15th, as listed on the online Microsoft Store. The first iteration of the device was launched for Xbox console, though, it soon became very popular among Windows developers. The Kinect for Windows v2 would hope to move company’s vision with Kinect forward.
The new Kinect is essentially similar to the previous generation, however, sports some hardware and features improvements. It brings a higher fidelity sensor with a 1080p camera, alongside a noise-isolating multi-microphone which filters the ambient sounds.
The new hardware also sports Microsoft’s Time-of-Flight technology, improved skeletal tracking, an expanded field of view, and new active integrated infrared. The sensors also require a power supply and three way hub that includes the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power.
The device is up for pre-order, and one could buy it for $199 from the Microsoft Store. Do note that Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 won’t ship bundled with the new Kinect as it is licensed to be sold separately.Further reading: Kinect, Microsoft