Asus Netbooks Featuring Kinect Sensor Spotted

This must be one of the most interesting Kinect-related pieces of information since Microsoft’s announcement saying that the sensor will be available for Windows computers. There are sources claiming the technology will be available in tablets.


There’s no when and where yet, but fact is that The Daily has seen prototypes of two Asus netbooks running Windows 8, and both of them had a series of sensors on top of the screen, in the normal location of the camera. They also had LEDs under the display.

The website has confirmed with a source at Microsoft that the devices were laptops that featured a Kinect sensor.

I can only imagine the possibilities this would open in the mobile computing environment. I mean, I think it would be amazing to be able to play games with your friends wherever you may be, or to unwind during a break at the office.

Still, this raises a few questions. Will it be comfortable for a user to move around while looking at what’s certainly a much smaller screen than the one in his living-room? Will the sensor be more accurate than the Xbox 360 one? Because I’m not sure you’ll always be able to keep the distance the Xbox 360 sensor requires in your office, for example.

Still, it could be quite interesting to be able to control your notebook in a completely different, gesture-driven way, which could work wonders for users with certain disabilities.

Anyway, these are just suppositions. We’ll have to see the real thing in action to give a verdict.



  1. Symes

    January 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    The version of the Kinect hardware for PC’s is different from that on X-box. Apparently it is designed to be used at close quarters so you won’t have to stand 6 foot away from your PC to use it.

    • Steve Krause

      January 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Other than using it to impress friends, I’m trying to think what the use cases are…. other than chasing down bad guys minority report style…

  2. Steve Krause

    January 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Wow, right out of the Minority Report…

  3. Brian Burgess

    January 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m frustrated that the Kinect unit will cost $250. I also read that it will come with some software. I am assuming developer software? Maybe a demo game or applications.

    Still would be cool to kick back in your chair with a couple dual monitors and control Windows without a mouse.

    • Bogdan Bele

      February 1, 2012 at 1:49 am

      Other than that, or maybe connecting your computer to a big TV, I don’t think it will be too useful. And yes, it’s a bit expensive.

  4. Ryan

    April 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Great Microsoft is pushing this Kinect thing again from what i have read the original Kinect for the Xbox 360 alot of gamers don’t want the Xbox 360 Kinect on games where it only provides a minor benefit such as the recently released Mass Effect 3 where it only provided voice commands and nothing else which could have easily been implemented with the existing Xbox 360 headset.

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