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Microsoft extending Kinect to netbooks?

Microsoft appears to be ready to bring Kinect technology to laptops and netbooks.

Microsoft revealed some months ago that it has been developing Kinect software for the PC, but now it seems as though it is to be introduced to portable devices also.

The Daily reports it has had the chance to test out a few prototype versions of portable devices involving Kinect sensors.

They are Asus Netbooks running on Windows 8 with an array of small sensors across the top of the screen, where a webcam would normally be placed.

LED lights running across the bottom are the only other discernable difference between the Kinect device and any other typical netbook.

The Daily, which has confirmed with Microsoft that these netbooks are genuine prototypes of a Kinect-powered device, says there are numerous interesting possibilities for using this technology on a portable computer.

Gaming is an obvious benefit, as this was the primary reason for the Kinect's inception as an Xbox add-on.

However, users should be able to toggle between programmes on their netbook with the wave of a hand, while also pausing and skipping digital media without needing a remote.

It also provides a real opportunity for disabled persons to interact with technology in a more effective fashion.

The Daily suggests that, much like Windows 8, Microsoft will most likely licence this technology to original equipment manufacturers, allowing the innovative firms to develop the software into a range of different avenues.

Craig Eisler, general manager of Kinect for Windows, explained Microsoft's position with this type of technology in November, saying: "Last year the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft showed the world how to re-imagine gaming.

"This year, we're showing the world how to re-imagine entertainment. Next year, with Kinect for Windows, we will help the world re-imagine everything else."ADNFCR-1220-ID-801278711-ADNFCR