Microsoft’s Kinect Breaks World Record As Best Selling Tech Gadget

Who would have thought this when Microsoft bought rival Canesta (a leader in 3D sensing and gesture technology) that with this new technology MS was going to revolutionize the gesture gaming world? Microsoft’s Kinect has been named the fastest-selling tech gadget of all time after racking up sales of 10 million units since its launch in November.

The hands-free game controller, which went on sale in November, sold 8 million devices in its first 60 days on sale. That’s more than the Apple iPhone or the iPad in their equivalent periods after launch, according to Guinness.

According to independent research, no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, which is an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector. To date, Microsoft said the Kinect has sold over 10 million units of its Kinect motion-sensing video game controllers worldwide since the add-on for the Xbox 360 system went on sale in early November.

Kinect, which costs $150 and can be purchased alone or with an Xbox 360 console, lets people control games, play movies and operate other features by moving around and speaking. Technically, Kinect is an infrared camera add-on for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 games console that allows it to track body movements.

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Kinect sales helped boost Microsoft’s results for the last three months of 2010. Revenue in the entertainment and devices division increased 55 percent to $3.7 billion. Microsoft said in January that it expects revenue in that division to rise 50 percent in the current quarter as the Kinect craze continues.

In the mean time, Guinness said that Microsoft sold eight million of the devices in its first two months on the market, for an average daily volume of 133,333. Here is the Ultimate Survival Guide To Xbox 360 Kinect [Top 5 Tips For New Users]


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