The Windows dedicated Kinect controller has benefitted from some custom enhancements, including a larger in depth sensor that is capable of recognising objects within 40 centimetres. By comparison, the Xbox Kinect controller requires gamers to be within a 1.2-3.5 metre range.
Other improvements include more receptive speech recognition and software optimised for tracking skeletons. Up to four Xbox Kinect sensors can be plugged into a single computer, and they will be compatible with the latest versions of Windows only, including the current Windows 7 and the upcoming Windows 8.
The complimentary SDK is currently ready for developers who can begin endowing professional applications with a new way to interact with software. It's one of the first steps towards a more immersive computing experience, bridging the gap between organic motion and the virtual binary system.