Kinect Maker Creating Motion Controller for PC
Seeing as Microsoft has sold more than a million Kinect controllers in the two months since it’s been released, and it was damn near impossible to find one before Christmas, the guys who made Kinect are working on a new motion controller that’ll work for PCs.
PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft’s Kinect, is teaming up with computer accessory manufacturer Asus on the new controller, which has the slightly goofy name of “WAVI Xtion.” It’ll enable gesture controls like the Kinect does, but PrimeSense says it’ll be more geared toward multimedia applications than gaming. If that’s the case, it’ll be interesting to see if you’ll need Kinect’s full room of clear space to use it, or if WAVI will somehow be of a smaller scale.
Currently, the WAVI is scheduled for release in February, and PrimeSense is planning an online store where developers can sell apps that work with the controller. Seeing as people have been using the Kinect to do all kinds of things — including work as a PC controller — there’s sure to be a demand for WAVI, even if it doesn’t play games.
Via Ars Technica.