A source at Microsoft has confirmed that Kinect-enabled laptop prototypes are in development, according to The Daily. The devices use a modified Kinect sensor in place of a traditional laptop webcam.
It’s possible we could see production models as early as next month with the release of Kinect for Windows. The standalone sensor is large and immobile, which could be a turn-off for laptop owners. The integrated solution will require the purchase of a new laptop, but may be more attractive to those who need to gesture in a variety of locations.
Microsoft also plans to release the Windows 8 public beta sometime in February, giving us further incentive to wave our arms at our computer screens. Windows 8 uses a Metro-style interface that operates very similarly to the current Xbox 360 dashboard.