2009–2010 (pre-release) 2010–2017 2019–2023
2009–2010 (pre-release) 2010–2017 2019–2023

Project Natal[]

2009–2010 (pre-release)[]

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Before launching in 2010, Kinect was named Project Natal.



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In 2010, Microsoft launched the Kinect in 2010 as a motion-sensing camera peripheral for Xbox 360. A Windows version for non-gaming applications is also released in the same year.

The second generation of Kinect was released in late 2013 alongside its Xbox One console. A Windows version was also released in 2014.

Kinect for Xbox One and Kinect for Windows were discontinued in 2017.

Azure Kinect DK[]


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As Kinect still has a potential beyond video games, Microsoft decided to integrate Kinect with Microsoft Azure and relaunched it as Azure Kinect Developer Kit in 2019, and Azure Kinect's technology will be licensed to other companies such as Sky for Sky Glass televisions.

The Azure Kinect Developer Kit was discontinued in October 2023, with Microsoft started to refer to alternatives that it is also based on Azure Kinect technology such as the Orbbec Femto Bolt.

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