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November 12, 2010, 11:44:17 am

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Kinect's bill-of-materials around $56 per unit, reveal tech analysts

It's costing Microsoft roughly $56 in actual parts needed to make a single Kinect unit, which you may notice is a bit below the US price tag of $149.99.

Of course there' s also a lot of R&D to cover, and all the labour involved in the manufacturing process, and then that $500 million marketing bill.

$56 is about £34 to us British, where Kinect is on sale for £129.99. UBM TechInsights say $17 of that $56 covers PrimeSense's reference system which includes the cameras, the microphones and the central processor. The rest is for about 20 parts or so.

"Basically, the strength of the design is the huge design win for the Israeli fabless company PrimeSense," said UBM's Allan Yogasingam. "They've provided the most innovative portion of the Kinect with their image processor, audio and video interface."

"The future applications of this technology could be fascinating," Yogasingam added. "I can see this being incorporated into televisions—allowing users to change the channel by waving their hand, essentially replacing the remote control." A sentiment shared by coders.

We had a long sit down with Kinect, metaphorically speaking of course because sitting down is something you hardly get the chance to do, and put the controller-less motion tech from Microsoft for Xbox 360 through its paces, as it did us in return.