Kinect gets in your face – will do close-ups

News just in, which seems relevant to those using the Kinect for motion capture for iClone 5. Microsoft boffins are working on a “Near Mode” for close-up Kinect capture…

“we have optimised certain hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios,” Microsofties blog about… “New firmware which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 50 centimetres in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation down to 40 centimetres.”

No release-date so far. Talk of new “hardware components” makes it seem like it might be a feature of the new Xbox 720 which is reportedly set to debut in Jan 2012.