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Kinect Tech Coming to HTPCs in 2011

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

Although it's not actually Kinect, the technology behind the Xbox 360 peripheral is coming to HTPCs, cable companies, and perhaps even HDTVs.

Want the Kinect motion-sensing control but you're just not a fan of the Xbox 360? Here's a bit of good news: the company behind the technology used in Microsoft's upcoming peripheral--PrimeSense--has already signed deals to provide its technology inside Home Theater PCs slated to hit the market by the end of the year. But don't expect the actual Kinect device and its library of games ported to the PC--this will be an all-new, pre-installed system.

According to PrimeSense VP Adi Berenson, one major cable company is already set to launch a gesture-controlled set top box by Summer 2011. Berenson said that the end goal is to provide natural human control over TV-based content. The company is even working to get the technology into actual HDTVs by the end of 2011.

The PrimeSense device that will be used in the HTPCs will be similar to Microsoft's Kinect by using a pair of 640 x 480 camera sensors to track the user's position in 3D space. However the similarities stop there--users won't get voice recognition or motorized tilt functionality, as those ideas belonged to Microsoft and won't be available to manufacturers. Although this defeats any hopes of addressing the computer like crew members using the LCARS interface on the USS Enterprise, Microsoft could possibly integrate voice recognition into Windows 7 at a future date (but that's mere speculation).

PrimeSense said that gesture recognition has evolved since Microsoft went "gold" with Kinect. Unfortunately, there were no indications that PrimeSense would release a standalone kit allowing PC enthusiasts to install the motion-sensing technology on their current machines. The benefits of this type of interaction with the PC could be tenfold--Microsoft may want to consider supporting this type of installation for Windows 7 for both interfacing and playing games.

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    IncinX , June 24, 2010 5:40 PM
    Sweet, now whenever my machine BSOD's I can give it the middle finger and it will reboot. =D
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    eklipz330 , June 24, 2010 5:49 PM
    hopefully it doesn't start acting up when i decide to watch some porn....
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  • 25 Hide
    IncinX , June 24, 2010 5:40 PM
    Sweet, now whenever my machine BSOD's I can give it the middle finger and it will reboot. =D
  • 14 Hide
    eklipz330 , June 24, 2010 5:49 PM
    hopefully it doesn't start acting up when i decide to watch some porn....
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    fancarolina , June 24, 2010 5:55 PM
    I can't wait to see how this works for sports. As soon as you start celebrating the damn cable box will change the channel on you. What's wrong with a remote does that use too many calories to pick up?
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    rwpritchett , June 24, 2010 6:12 PM
    This sounds similar to the CableCard exclusivity when introduced to HTPCs. At first only OEM built HTPC's were allowed access to the hardware. I wonder if they will ever let us DIY-ers add this on to our HTPC's.
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    cracklint , June 24, 2010 6:19 PM
    wow, I will never have to worry about losing the remote again!
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    sliem , June 24, 2010 6:23 PM
    KinectTech P0rn soon!
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    thebigt42 , June 24, 2010 6:30 PM
    IncinXSweet, now whenever my machine BSOD's I can give it the middle finger and it will reboot. =D

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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    RipperjackAU , June 24, 2010 6:43 PM
    Yes, Kinetic-tech porn games for your PC. Hot-Coffee will never be the same again. The faster you thrust, the more she moans.

    Mind you, I can see a lot of overweight gamer geeks, throwing their backs out trying to get the high score. ;) 
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    TheDuke , June 24, 2010 7:03 PM
    IncinXSweet, now whenever my machine BSOD's I can give it the middle finger and it will reboot. =D


    greatest idea I've heard today
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    cj_online , June 24, 2010 7:07 PM
    IncinXSweet, now whenever my machine BSOD's I can give it the middle finger and it will reboot. =D

    Dude that statement sparks epicness!!!
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    mindless728 , June 24, 2010 7:38 PM
    Quote:
    This sounds similar to the CableCard exclusivity when introduced to HTPCs. At first only OEM built HTPC's were allowed access to the hardware. I wonder if they will ever let us DIY-ers add this on to our HTPC's.


    actually that was released a while ago to the DIY group, just no one made any CableCards, look into ceton, they are supposed to have a quad tuner that you can get (~$400), though it has been delayed to july
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    jomofro39 , June 24, 2010 8:20 PM
    Incinx, awesome. +1
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    kelemvor4 , June 25, 2010 5:04 AM
    Damn, only HTPC's? I want to use one on my regular PC. :) 
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    okibrian , June 25, 2010 5:51 AM
    eklipz330hopefully it doesn't start acting up when i decide to watch some porn....

    The more I started to think about that statement the funnier it got. Good one.
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    dEAne , June 25, 2010 10:02 AM
    I will add this to my remote collections.
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    rpgplayer , June 25, 2010 12:38 PM
    MS will probably make a driver for it and a dongle to plug it into your windows 7 PC. if they think they can make a buck at it they'll try it.
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    AndrewMD , June 25, 2010 1:24 PM
    rpgplayer - Its a bad thing for a company to make money?
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    Userremoved , June 25, 2010 2:07 PM
    Good old mouse is fine for me. Plus I don't want it to take pictures and upload them when I'm watching pron.
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    dl100 , June 27, 2010 5:11 AM
    When vegging on the couch, moving my thumb around the remote seems like a lot easier than waving my hands or screwing with voice recognition over the surround sound.