Kinect Was Tested By Dropping It On Concrete

Kinect Was Tested By Dropping It On Concrete

The Microsoft engineers building Kinect “knew this thing was going to be viewed as a toy,” says one, “and so it was going to be abused.” So they abused it first, toughening the thing up to the point it could be dropped on concrete and still function.

Now, it’s not said how high of a fall onto concrete Kinect is rated for, one of very few details not present in a lengthy examination of how Microsoft designed the device. The thing was also built to survive power surges if your house gets blasted by lightning. It’s not guaranteed to survive, but it has a chance.

Making Kinect a tough sumbitch is foresighted, because undoubtedly there are hundreds out there who didn’t buy the official $US20 doo-dad that mounts it to the top of your TV, and have tried to balance it atop their plasma screen anyway.

The rest of the piece, if you are so inclined, explains how they built something that really does do its job remarkably, at an estimated parts cost of $US56 per unit, which are then sold for $US149.

How Microsoft Engineered Kinect to Withstand Lightning Strikes and Gamers [VentureBeat via Industry Gamers]


  • I traded mine in this weekend as I still see no voice support here in oz.

    That means I’m not buying kinect games Microsoft!

    Also, with the ps3 hardware now reasonably priced I’m getting one. That means less 360 game purchases.

    Do you see what you made me do Microsoft!?
    Well, do you?!!

  • As per my understanding, this is kind of misleading. Almost every electronic device is tested in this way. It’s done to simulate years of use. For example they will drop a joystick out of a two story building and see how well it still responds.

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