Coming next week
Microsoft listened to the masses and ditched the impressive Kinect for the Xbox One in order to drop the price of the unit. The tech giant has just announced that they will be launching the Kinect 2.0 for sale as a lone unit on the 15th of July.
The Kinect 2.0 is a seriously impressive bit of kit; boasting a 1080p camera which can film in low light, thanks to its infrared technology. Improved skeletal mapping which means it can distinguish finger and hand rotations as well as facial expressions. Along with a Mic and a huge field of view, this will adorn many developer labs very soon.
Don't get too excited though, it's coming in at $200! Thankfully Virtually Mine will be stocking the Kinect 2.0 for windows at a hugely discounted rate, so keep an eye on our Twitter for more information.
What has this got to do with VR?
While virtual realty headsets may immerse you in an environment, it can not track your body movements below your neck. The Kinect can pin point all of your major - and some minor - joints which will aid you when interacting with a simulated environment for matters such as walking, or holding objects. Check out the video below for how the Kinect can be used in conjunction with an Oculus Rift and the Omni treadmill, very cool.