Microsoft: Kinect can't read sign language
Patent had suggested sign language support was on its way to motion control camera.
Microsoft has denied that it’s bringing sign language support to Kinect. The move comes after a spate of reports, based on a recent patent application, suggested the motion control camera would allow those who sign to use Kinect for smackdowns over Xbox Live.
In a statement, the Big M said, “Microsoft files lots of patent applications to protect our intellectual property, not all of which are brought to market right away. Kinect that is shipping this holiday will not support sign language."
That means it’s at least a possibility in the future, and a pretty cool and inclusive one at that. But why’s it not being considered now? It turns out the camera on Kinect has been pared down to 320x240 in order to cut costs. Such a low resolution would not be able to track the complex movements needed for sign language. Kinect can only track limbs, not digits.