SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has announced that its upcoming Kinect for Windows update will support more languages including regional English variations.
Microsoft's Kinect for Windows was released earlier this year with the firm wanting developers to use its Kinect sensor array and software development kit to build industrial applications. Microsoft's second version of the software will be available by the end of May and will support several more languages, including extensive regionalised support for English.
The firm's Kinect sensor not only tracks body movement but can record voice, allowing applications to react to both spoken and gesture commands. Microsoft said that version 1.5 of its Kinect for Windows software will support French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese, however its biggest addition will be regional English support for Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. French speakers will also be differentiated between those from France and those from Canada, while Spanish speakers will be classified as from either Spain or Mexico.
Microsoft's expansion of Kinect's sonic capabilities is not the only update coming with version 1.5 of its software. Craig Eisler, GM of Kinect for Windows at Microsoft also outlined a '10-joint' tracking mode where the sensor will be able to track the head, neck and arms of someone who is in a seated position. Eisler confirmed that the 10-joint tracking will work on both old and new versions of the Kinect sensor array.
Microsoft also revealed that its Kinect for Windows package will be available in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates from June. µ
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