No Sign Language On Kinect At Launch
So the patent for Kinect, which was — this is important — filed in February of 2009, is on the internet. It says that Kinect can recognize and interpret American sign language. But a lot can change in a year and a half. Yeah, you know where this is going. Or, had I not spoiled the whole thing in the headline, you would still know because I foreshadowed this reveal pretty well, and you’d have to be the dumbest person on Earth to not know what I’m gonna say next. So without further ado, here’s the news:
The version of Kinect that will be released in stores in November will not be capable of reading sign language. That’s the official word from Microsoft to Kotaku. But then Kotaku (being that websites are actually human beings) was like, “Wait wait wait. Hold on. Just hold on a second. Hmmmmmm.” And then it asked its secret friend at Microsoft what the dealio is, yo.
The secret friend says the dealio is that Microsoft cut the camera’s resolution down enough — to save money — so that it can no longer read your fingers. Thus, no sign language. That’s cool. I would have been at a disadvantage if Kinect were able to read my fingers anyway, considering I have no fingers.