Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensing camera, which was first released with the Xbox 360 console a couple of years back, has had a pretty epic journey. It wasn’t used to play games as much as it was used for a series of oddball and often useful projects (we still use ours for games, though) and that prompted the company to release a Kinect for Windows version soon after its console debut.
But now, sadly, the original Kinect for Windows unit is being phased out. Microsoft says that they will be ceasing sales of the original unit in 2015, though that doesn’t mean it won’t be unavailable. You’ll still be able to buy it until stock levels are wholly depleted.
Instead, Kinect for Windows v2 will be available and the company says that “We know that your proven track record doing great things with the original technology will only get better with v2—the improvements in quality from the original Kinect for Windows sensor to the v2 device are truly immense. And so, we’re cheered by the prospect of seeing all the amazing solutions you’ll create with this the new and improved Kinect for Windows.”