Gamersmint writes : Think that Microsoft’s charging you too much for Kinect? Think again, since they needed to shell out $30,000 to get the first prototype of the Device.
what the...I think prototypes are always costly.
but $30,000 dollars costly? Not so much, also it's amazing how they managed to convert it into something which costs only $150. Good stuff
Patents and paper work cost that much, not the technology itself or physical propeties of it. Oh and I would take into consideration things like, lighting set ups, product testing, etc. EDITED: WASN'T TROLLING BUT SENSE OF HUMOR HERE IS ABSENT...Sorry people.
I agree with Cyborg.30k to build the first prototype isnt that high.The first 360 or PS3 prototypes probably cost alot more. Maybe its because im used to hearing what prototype/concept cars cost being in the biz.
Chad Warden wipes his ass with $30,000.
I dont feel sorry for micro, they got tons of $$$$ to spend, and it looks like theres going to be plenty of demand. Hell 360 stuff usually doesn't do so well on Amazon and yet Kinect is at #5 now with about 9days or whatever to go. http://www.amazon.com/gp/be... -Also according to microsoft at $150 they will be making a profit on each unit sold. http://www.nytimes.com/2010... I think micro will get their $30,000 back. lol JOY
too expensive for a prototype of this kind of tech
BS they didn't research anything, the first Kinect "prototype" is the 3DV Time-of-Flight camera from the same-name company which MS bought, they also took a participation in PrimeSens at that time (which also had a 3D sensor developped for navigating menues). When they saw how expensive it would be to implement the 3DV cam (similar cams price range is 8'000$ to 20'000$), they turned to PrimeSens and their way cheaper RGB-D sensor, took another participation of 20.4 million bucks (acquiring ipso facto the company). But it was still too expensive for mass market so they downgraded the CMOS of the cam from 60fps to 30fps tracking, got rid of the internal chip, and instead opted for a software based solution by Gesturetek. Gesturetek themselves confirmed they are the one providing the licenced software to MS. And here is the Prime Sens sensor's diagram which was presented way before MS actually got involved with the company, as you can see it's basically Kinect with better features : http://www.hizook.com/sites...
That is costly... ... but isn't that spelled "whopping"? Whooping would suggest a celebratory tone.
That's like a penny for you and me.
they should have given us the first one for 150
$30k when it comes to new prototyped technology isnt a sum I'd consider "whooping".
Agree. This is actually rather inexpensive in the scope of prototyping technology.
It's like 200 actual Kinect devices at retail. Stupid article and headline.
30.000 for a billion dollar company is nothing... especially since they will make Millions off of kinect. And I certanly dont think it justifies the 150 price tag,
Are they talking about the first Kinect prototype, the one with the chipset they took out? And where's the comparisons to the Xbox1 prototype? The first Gameboy? What actual relevance does this have other than to say, "you could have been paying more for it?" Which just comes off as stupid.
That's honestly not a lot for a prototype.
WOW! Micro the prototype Kinect money could have been going tore Xbox 720 with Blu-ray prototype development cycle, why not just bring the Eyetoy back with that kind of money.
Only MS can pull this off! And sustain such deep shit!
Propoganda! This is exactly what MS wants people to think, for sure. "OMG Protoype cost $30,000 - $150 must be a steal!" -.-
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