Microsoft is Finally Killing Off the Kinect

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The news was reported by way of Fast Company's Co.Design, which spoke with Kinect designer, Alex Kipman, alongside Microsoft GM of Xbox Devices Marketing, Matthew Lapsen.

For a trip down memory lane, check out our 2012 roundup of The Best Kinect Games.

While the popularity of the device might have declined in the past few years, Microsoft still sold around 35 million units. Although the Kinect is dead for the Xbox, the technology behind it will continue to live on in Microsoft's other products. The Xbox 360 (and later the Xbox One) was one of the first devices to bring voice commands to most people's home entertainment systems. In 2014, Microsoft had to sell a cheaper version of Xbox One without a Kinect.

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According to the post by Co.Design, the Kinect's influence outside of Microsoft has been huge as well. "And like all product launches, you monitor that over time, you learn and adjust". Now, after nearly seven years - and 35 million unit sales - its production has finally come to an end. During this controversial period, Microsoft drastically reduced the chance of attracting major game developers, and in turn, diminished the possibility of a guaranteed line-up of games for Kinect users. After Microsoft, Lee went on to work as the Google ATAP Technical Program Lead, acting as main presenter of all the sweetest stuff inside Project Tango. It worked pretty well, but didn't exactly make you consider the device feel like a necessity. Kinect with Xbox took the gaming world by storm and along with Nintendo Wii it ushered a new era of gaming. One big example of this is the HoloLens, which uses many of Kinect technologies for depth-sensing.

Even Apple's iPhone X is benefitting from Kinect. Kinect technology is also integrated in Windows Hello, a security feature that gives users access to computers after the front-facing camera scans their faces and verifies their identity.

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