Photos of the Day Photos of July 4th weekend For starters, the new Kinect, like the first Kinect for Windows sensor released in 2012, is designed specifically for PCs, not gaming consoles; last month saw Microsoft announce the option of buying an Xbox One console without Kinect . But perhaps more important, the Kinect developer features are central to Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the new product. “The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice- and gesture-based applications for the Windows desktop and Windows Store,” says the Microsoft Store . This statement shows how essential collaboration with tinkerers has become to Kinect, similar to the way companies such as Google and Apple thrive on having developers constantly creating new apps to be sold in the Play store and the App Store. According to a 2012 article in The New York Times Magazine, Microsoft’s strategy of embracing experimentation from consumers illustrates an important trend: Giant companies like Microsoft which the article points out has traditionally insisted on total control over its products are recognizing the need to view amateur developers more as partners. Which is, the article notes, the way newer, smaller companies are approaching the market. “More and more upstarts take it for granted that a community of customers, hobbyists and amateurs …
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