Microsoft is rumoured to be developing Kinect, its hugely popular motion sensor technology, for use in its Windows Phone operating system.
Kinect has been hugely successful for the US computer giant, with devices selling in their millions and spawning a plethora of titles.
Not even Microsoft itself could have predicted just how popular the peripheral would be, but now seems to be making the most of the Kinect’s success.
According to technology website VR-Zone, Microsoft is currently developing the Kinect’s Natural User Interface for use in its mobile platform.
Kinect for Windows Phone still in development
It is an exciting prospect, but the technology is still very much in the early development stages. But according to VR-Zone, Microsoft is hoping to have a version of mobile Kinect ready for the first or second update to Windows Phone 8.
There are of course a number of problems still to be ironed out, namely that smartphones do not have enough room for the Kinect cameras.
“Kinect has three cameras, one of which his infrared. We can’t put an IR camera on a smartphone, and without it, NUI won’t work in dark,” an unnamed source told VR-Zone.
It has been suggested that Microsoft could introduce a daytime-only version to start with, as the company has been encouraged by the success of Apple’s Siri – which was well received in beta status.
Kinect for Windows 8
Of course, a mobile use for Kinect is not the only avenue Microsoft is exploring with its motion sensor technology.
The US tech giant is busy preparing Kinect for Windows 8, for use on home PCs. The technology has improved no-end, with skeletal tracking and improved voice recognition.
It is certainly a space-aged technology, and with Microsoft running with it as much as possible who knows how far Kinect’s capabilities can go?