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Microsoft's next Kinect camera may be staring you in the face

Mark Hachman | April 4, 2014
Microsoft can't hope to mount Kinect sensors at the top of every notebook PC, so it may adopt a different approach: Using the webcams that are already built into most PCs and tablets.

Likewise, the Kinect could be put inside conference rooms, using the technology to "focus" on a speaker using his voice and posture. Microphone arrays could help place the speaker, but the camera could play a role, too. "If I move forward and look like I'm going to stand up, it's basically me taking the floor," he said.

And what might a Kinect-equipped PC look like, a decade down the road? 

"I think that [PCs] will react to you, naturally, and they'll come on, if they're in sleep mode, and sign you in," Mott said. "They might be able to see that you're in a bad mood, and give you a little bit of mood music. It can allow you to be truly multitasking, so if you're on the phone and don't want to give away that you're clicking the mouse and typing in the background, and move certain things across, you can."

 

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