On April 26th 2010, Microsoft filed a US Patent for a new product called ‘Kinect’ and listed it under computer software, computer hardware, and computer peripherals. An International Registration is pending, but Microsoft have revealed no details about the new hardware anywhere.
There are three possible solutions about the new device:
- 1 - It could be something new for Microsoft’s KIN 1 & KIN 2 mobile phones.
- 2 - It could be the new name for the upcoming Xbox 360 peripheral that has been codenamed ‘Project Natal’.
- 3 - It could be something entirely new altogether.
Considering Microsoft have two mobile phones out in the US market called ‘KIN’, it’s very acceptable to assume that ‘Kinect’ could be something that attaches itself to either of them, but unlike other patents filed by Microsoft, ‘Kinect’ has no specific goods and services tags listing it for mobile phone hardware, mobile phone software, and other handheld computing devices.
If it is indeed the new name for Microsoft’s hands-free motion detection camera known as ‘Project Natal’, then it has been aptly named based on a kinetic connection. Kinetic comes from the Greek word “kinesis” for motion, and connect is to become joined or united - combine both together and we have a new word ‘Kinect’.
With the worldwide unveiling of the final product and new name for Project Natal during the E3 10 event this June, has this brand new patent revealed its name to be ‘Kinect’, or could it be for something completely new and different?
Let the speculation begin.