Newmax, who manufacture the optical lens used in Microsoft’s Kinect sensors say they will ship as many as 14 million units in 2010.
Industry sources, who spoke to Digitimes, claim that 50-55% of Newmax’s third-quarter revenue, which amounted to $22 million, came from the Kinect camera modules. A rise in pre-orders and the run up to the holiday season has seen increased orders to Newmax for camera modules. Some shipments are scheduled for December 2010 and January 2011.
Winrumors recently reported that Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 console accessory is selling out at various retailers. Amazon’s US store and Best Buy’s online site are not taking any more pre-orders for Kinect which is due to launch on November 4. Retailers in the UK, including Amazon, have also reported high pre-orders.
The Kinect sensor is a horizontal bar that sits at the base of your TV. The device has an RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone which runs proprietary software. Kinect allows for full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition. Owners will be able to interact with games titles using just their body. Pausing TV and fast forwarding movies can be achieved using a mix of hand movements and voice control.
The software giant has confirmed there will be over 15 launch titles for Kinect in the run up to the crucial holiday season. If pre-orders are anything to rely on then it’s likely that the company has a hit on its hands in time for Christmas.