Microsoft will release a commercial version of Kinect for business developers next year.
The gesture-based controller has been hacked for a variety of purposes beyond the Xbox 360 since its arrival a year ago, including virtual surgery, artworks and to interact with the Windows OS.
Earlier this year, Microsoft released a software development kit (SDK) for non-commercial purposes.
"The enthusiasm from hobbyists was mirrored by the commercial world," Microsoft said. "Businesses around the world and across industries, like healthcare, education, automotive, retail and more, began contacting us with ideas for ways they wanted to transform their industry with Kinect."
"That’s why beginning early next year, we’ll release the Kinect for Windows commercial programme, allowing businesses to realise these dreams," the company said.
Microsoft said 200 businesses were already signed up for the pilot of the commercial SDK, including Toyota and Spanish medical firm Tedesys, which is using it to help doctors view patient records during surgery.
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