The First Ever Kinect Cost A Lot More Than $199

While Microsoft's first attempts at a motion-sensing peripheral were relatively primitive affairs, the very first prototype of Kinect was worth an absolute fortune.

A report on the New York Times says that the first working version of what's now known as Kinect cost Microsoft $US30,000 to build. That's not the cost of the entire project. That's just the cost to build one camera. Expensive!

Things are now a lot cheaper of course with Microsoft selling Kinect in Australia for $199 and claiming that every unit sold is being sold at a profit. Most of that is of course down to the economy of scale, mass production and R&D, but let's not also forget that Kinect was originally intended to be a more powerful device than the one we'll be seeing next month.

With Kinect, Microsoft Aims for a Game Changer [NYT]


    This is why I do think market capitalism can be used for good.

    Get some investments, make some cool stuff, sell the cool stuff to the masses to pay back investments--Repeat.

    If this Kinect thing lasts a couple years at least, MS (and competitors) will be able to pump lots of research dollars into even better, more ambitious interfaces.

      Hear, Hear Adam!!

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