Once again, the Windows 8 gossip mongers have struck and this one is (as usual) pretty interesting.

It comes from the same source who predicted a 2nd generation Kinect in detail 11 months ago so who knows at this point. For more details about the source and what he predicted in the past, see this post here.

Anyway, standard disclaimer applies:

This is a RUMOR – We cannot validate the truth of the story.

So, here’s what we were told.

  • Microsoft Research is looking at the third iteration of the Kinect
  • They are working with 3 or 4 TV manufacturers as well as 3 or 4 monitor manufacturers.

We are told that the Kinect has been wildly successful but that the form factor is temporary. The plan is to integrate the third version of the Kinect directly into televisions and Laptop/PC monitors.

The challenge is currently to make the camera as seamless as the cameras on premium laptops today – built into the screen unobtrusively.

The success of the Kinect apparently has Microsoft research pushing the envelope on this one and the plan is to make Kinect a much broader computer interaction platform than most people imagine. The race is on to make the Kinect the default method of communication/interaction with your media device.

Once people are used to speaking and waving at their devices to make things happen, there will be no going back. Whatever vendor can solve that problem will be sitting pretty on billions of dollars.

Once again, This is a RUMOR – We cannot validate the truth of the story.

What do you guys think? does this make sense?

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  1. The Kinect is getting more and more interesting! Read on a danish site (eurogamer.dk) today that Kinect 2 will be able to read your lips. The reason for the 30fps and 320x240pixels it has now, is because it has to run it through a USB.

    Original article:http://www.eurogamer.dk/articles/2011-11-28-kinect-2-kan-lse-dine-lberHere is the translated version:http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=da&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eurogamer.dk%2Farticles%2F2011-11-28-kinect-2-kan-lse-dine-lber&act=url

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