Rumor: Microsoft Working With Asus On Kinect-Enabled Laptops

The first Kinect for Windows devices are scheduled for launch next Wednesday (February 1st, 2012), and news are out that Microsoft is already working in secret with Asus to have a version integrated in Windows-based laptops as well.

According to TheDaily, Asus has already created at least 2 Microsoft-indorsed prototypes for laptops with built-in Kinect sensors.

"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," TheDaily described the prototypes they saw.

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What for?

Kinect is about moving around. A laptop does not allow this. At best it would detect hand movements and some facial recognition. Though webcams can do that too. Just a glorified webcam?

Have examples?

Most people don't set their laptop down, stand up in front of it, and start flailing around. You are close to it, you are easily in reach of buttons, and thus the interface navigation of Kinect is useless. If you do step back to use it fully, the monitor size is much smaller than most typically home theater setups and will make it harder to see and use.

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