Microsoft's Kinect Can See You (From Between 4 and 11 Feet Away)S

UK-based online retailer Play has "gone live" with a list of tech specs for Microsoft's happy-clappy new Kinect controller, revealing many deeply technical things about the internal workings of Microsoft's Magic Eye.

It's (kind of, a bit) interesting to see Kinect's field of view data, which is reported to have a sensor range of between 1.2 and 3.5 metres, with the specs also showing that the camera part of the motion gadget is able to pluck out a video stream at a rather low 640x480 resolution—running at 30fps.

It is also able to track up to "20 joints" per player—I'll leave you to make up your own jokes about that.

Here's the full list of what Kinect is capable of, if that last sentence got your specifications gland aroused... [Kotaku]

Sensor
Colour and depth-sensing lenses
Voice microphone array
Tilt motor for sensor adjustment
Fully compatible with existing Xbox 360 consoles

Field of View
Horizontal field of view: 57 degrees
Vertical field of view: 43 degrees
Physical tilt range: ± 27 degrees
Depth sensor range: 1.2m - 3.5m

Data Streams
320x240 16-bit depth @ 30 frames/sec
640x480 32-bit colour@ 30 frames/sec
16-bit audio @ 16 kHz

Skeletal Tracking System
Tracks up to 6 people, including 2 active players
Tracks 20 joints per active player
Ability to map active players to LIVE Avatars

Audio System
LIVE party chat and in-game voice chat (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership)
Echo cancellation system enhances voice input
Speech recognition in multiple