Amazon’s Netflix Challenger, Kinect’s Development Kit, PopCap’s Looming IPO

2/22/11Follow @curtwoodward

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plans to offer a Windows 7 development kit for the Kinect motion sensor. Check out Todd Bishop’s account over at TechFlash.

It’s another interesting turn in the short lifespan of the Kinect, which was quickly modified by users after its release, unleashing tons of interesting uses for a device originally intended to power cartoonish dance parties (which are quite fun).

A sanctioned development kit says something about Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) continued willingness to let developers play around with—and hopefully improve—its new toy.

When those Kinect mods first started showing up, the company’s official public reaction was disapproving. That changed rather quickly, however, and openness to other uses and platforms is now a key part of the Kinect’s appeal.

• PopCap is continuing to make noise about an IPO. Brier Dudley at The Seattle Times had a nice long sit-down with CEO Dave Roberts and reports that PopCap’s offering could come “in late fall.”

Roberts added that he doesn’t mind if the casual game space is cooling down a bit, and dodged Dudley’s follow-up question about whether an acquisition was actually part of the picture for PopCap.

Also, don’t miss the great Alan Berner photo of Roberts consulting with the office dog.

Curt Woodward is a senior editor for Xconomy based in Boston. Email: cwoodward@xconomy.com Follow @curtwoodward

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