Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect device picked up the prestigious T3 gadget of the year award on Monday evening.
Microsoft’s Kinect gadget beat competition from the likes of Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4 devices and Nintendo’s 3DS to claim gadget of the year. The software giant also picked up gaming gadget of the year for Kinect, beating Sony’s move device. Kinect’s win was a shock result given its strong competition but it highlights the huge success of the Xbox and Kinect. “The Kinect is not only an amazing gadget for today, it’s a mouth-watering technological prospect for tomorrow too,” said T3 Editor and Awards judge Luke Peters. WinRumors was in attendance at the glitzy awards ceremony in London on Monday evening and the Kinect was clearly popular amongst audience members at the bash.
Microsoft launched its controller-less console accessory for the Xbox 360 across the world in November. 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.
Microsoft’s Kinect accessory broke a Guinness World Record earlier this year too. Guinness World Records officially named Kinect for Xbox 360 the fastest-selling consumer electronics device, which sold an average of 133,333 units per day for a total of eight million units in its first 60 days between November 4, 2010 and January 3, 2011. Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has been a phenomenal success story for the company. The console accessory sold out across a number of retailers during the recent festive season and Microsoft smashed its own estimates of 5 million units in 2010 by shipping 8 million devices by the year end. The device is now available at more than 60,000 retailers in 38 countries.
Microsoft is planning to overhaul its Xbox dashboard in November to provide Kinect features across the entire Xbox experience. The software maker is also planning to enable Windows Phone integration with Kinect in a number of new Kinect titles.