Microsoft decided to revive Kinect, but in a different role: it will become “cloudy” and change its name to Project Kinect for Azure. The platform is a set of sensors, which includes a new generation camera, which allows to more fully explore the capabilities of AI as part of the Azure platform.
The sensor, whose resolution has grown from 640 × 480 to 1024 × 1024 pixels, will be much more effective in tracking human movements (in particular gestures), power consumption of the system is noticeably reduced, work is improved in intensive sunlight, and the cost of Kinect components is reduced.
Project Kinect for Azure will be the fourth generation of Kinect and will be targeted only at developers.
Recall, the first Kinect was released in 2010, it could be used in conjunction with the prefixes Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and later – with computers running Windows. Many of the developments now apply to Microsoft HoloLens. It is worth noting that one of the inventors of Kinect and HoloLens is the same person – Alex Kipman.