Microsoft Update Could Quadruple Kinect Accuracy
The Kinect is already quite impressive at tracking body motion, following dozens of points on multiple bodies simultaneously. But reports indicate that Microsoft wants to give the Kinect a firmware update that will quadruple the accuracy of the motion control system.
That would mean Kinect would be accurate enough to track individual finger movements, opening up a bunch of new possible features.
The cameras in the Kinect sensor are all capable of 640 x 480 pixel resolution, but they only operate at 320 x 240. Microsoft did this in order to accommodate USB peripherals that operate with the console too. But Microsoft is reportedly working on an update that would allow the Kinect to sense players at the full 640 x 480 pixel resolution and still allow access for USB peripherals.
It's not an easy fix, but if Microsoft can pull it off, a single firmware update would make all Kinect sensors capable of complex gesture control and more .