This makes absolute sense to have it computer ready as they could break more records and at the same time will keep the PC market alive and well.  This would also make it easier for developers to work on software that will work with Kinect too, i.e. medical records, PACS systems and more.  There has already been a number of hacks that have taken the $150 device and even made help a million dollar surgical robot with outlining “do not enter” areas during surgery. 

Kinect And daVinci Surgical Robot Do Simulated Surgery Suturing Together (Video)

daVinci and Kinect
Microsoft Kinect Working with a PACS Server-Images on Steroids Via Gestures (Video)

More details on the Kinect Accelerator can be found here.  Developers must be prepared to relocate to Seattle if they are chosen to be funded and applications are taken until the end of January 2012.   BD

Microsoft Kinect Effect–Sensors Everywhere Including the Hospital OR- Video

“Every company participating in the Kinect Accelerator will receive an investment of $20,000, an Xbox development kit, the Windows Kinect SDK, office space, all the resources of BizSpark, technical training and support, and mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives intensely focused on making their business a success. At the end of the program, each company will have an opportunity to present at an Investor Demo Day to angel investors, venture capitalists, Microsoft executives, media and industry influentials”

So I am guessing along with whatever software Microsoft produces in house we might have some starter company offerings pretty quickly as well.  BD

Microsoft today announced that its preparing a new Kinect hardware specially designed to connect with PC’ and its coming in early 2012. This is a great news for the PC world which expands the possibilities. Here is the announcement from Kinect for Windows Blog,

Since announcing a few weeks ago that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, we’ve been asked whether there will also be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows. The answer is yes; building on the existing Kinect for Xbox 360 device, we have optimized certain hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios. Coupled with the numerous upgrades and improvements our team is making to the Software Development Kit (SDK) and runtime, the new hardware delivers features and functionality that Windows developers and Microsoft customers have been asking for.

http://microsoft-news.com/microsoft-new-kinect-hardware-for-windows-coming/

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