Kinect Won't Support Sign Language
A patent, filed by Microsoft led to recent reports that Kinect would be able to read sign language.
It won’t. Not yet, anyway.
While it seems to be true that the technology is there to make it happen, Microsoft have opted to use a lower camera resolution in order to keep the retail cost down. Unfortunately, this means the camera wouldn’t be able to detect small finger motions that would enable it to read sign language.
“We are excited about the potential of Kinect and its potential to impact gaming and entertainment,” it told Kotaku in response to the filed patent. “Microsoft files lots of patent applications to protect our intellectual property, not all of which are brought to market right away. Kinect that will be shipping this holiday will not support sign language.”
Expect to hear more about this once the Kinect has been released.