At the CES 2012, earlier this month, Microsoft announced a desktop version of the Kinect — Kinect for Windows devices, which are scheduled to go on sale on February 1. Now, according to report from The Daily, Microsoft is hard at work integrating the motion-sensing technology into portables.
The article claims, of checking out a pair of prototypes incorporating Kinect sensors over the last few days. “The devices, which at first glance appear to be Asus netbooks running Windows 8, feature an array of small sensors stretching over the top of the screen where the webcam would normally be. At the bottom of the display is a set of what appear to be LEDs,” reports the Daily.
Adding further, the Daily reports, a Microsoft source has “confirmed that the devices are indeed official prototypes of laptops featuring a Kinect sensor.”
Microsoft will probably not be making its own portables in-house. Rather, the tech giant will most likely license the Kinect technology to hardware manufacturers, much like it already does with Windows.
In terms of functionality, there are hundreds of different ways that motion control could be leveraged in a portable. Gaming has the most obvious applications, but a Kinect-enabled laptop could also toggle between programs with the wave of a hand, or media controls could be tweaked with the wag of a finger. What’s more, motion-controlled portables could offer a new way for disabled individuals to interact with their devices.