For a little over a year, Ubi Interactive and Microsoft have been working together on new software that uses the Kinect sensor and a projector to turn any surface into a virtual touchscreen. Today, the enterprise-friendly app is available to purchase, with prices starting at $150.
That’s the cost of the Basic model, which will get you support for up to 45-inch displays. Additional options that support up to 100-inch displays, provide faster customer service, and support more touch points are available from $380 to $1500.
Ubi’s app itself works exactly as it sounds. It has to be installed on a Windows 8 PC, and it’ll need a projector, but that latter requirement shouldn\’t be too outrageous given that the app is most useful for businesses. From there, it supports Windows 8’s ‘Metro’ interface, and it can provide interactive projections on any surface.
Ubi, for its part, is pitching the tech as useful for both the enterprise and consumers. In a post on the official Kinect for Windows blog, Ubi CEO Anup Chathoth posits the app as good for business conference rooms, teachers seeking to instruct interactive lessons and kids who’d just like to play a game of Angry Birds on their walls, among other use cases.
More than 50 organizations have already been using the software in a beta state, according to Chathoth, including small- to mid-sized businesses and major corporations like Microsoft and Intel. But now that it’s gone public, it marks one the more logical uses of the Kinect outside of its original Xbox home, and it could coax more businesses into adopting Windows 8 in the office.