The Kinect has become less and less useful across Microsoft’s platforms, so it should come as no surprise that the company has announced that manufacturing for the motion sensor input device has been shut down.
It had a good run, I guess. After all, the technology was revolutionary, but the standalone product never took off the way Microsoft wanted it to.
Apparently Microsoft sold around 35 million Kinects since 2010. The device did get a boost when it was packaged with the Xbox One at launch, but then Microsoft was forced to introduce a version of the console without the camera because of price and poor sales.
It was not a waste of effort though. The Kinect’s technology will live on in other devices. Like the iPhone X. That’s because Apple acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company that created the 3D tech in the original version of the Kinect, in 2013. The iPhone X will use PrimeSense’s algorithms in the depth-sensing camera’s Face ID system. Microsoft is also working on the Hololens, which was developed by Kinect creator Alex Kipman. The AR headset that uses a Kinect sensor. If you are a fan of the Kinect, you can at least be happy that it’s legacy lives on in these devices.
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