What Are the Different Types of Kinect® Stands?

Jeremy Laukkonen
Jeremy Laukkonen
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Kinect® motion sensors are designed to sit in front of television sets or on top of them in order to have a good view of the players. This is not always possible, so there are several types of Kinect® stands available. Some of these stands are designed to mount to a television or wall, while others are freestanding. Television-mounted units come in two general types, which either slip over the top of a set or anchor to the back. Freestanding Kinect® stands also come in a few different varieties, and often have telescoping bases that allow the height of a unit to be adjusted.

The Kinect® is a gaming device that uses depth-sensing technology to allow people to play video games without traditional controllers. These devices come equipped with integral stand units and tilt motors. The base stand is wide enough to support the device, and the tilt motor can allow the Kinect® to operate correctly whether it is situated below the television screen or above it. In many cases this is not possible though, in which case there are many Kinect® stands that can be used to position these devices.

One common orientation for a Kinect® is to set the device on top of a television, but many flat screen units are too thin for this to be accomplished safely. Some Kinect® stands are designed to allow a sensor unit to be attached safely to the top of these television sets. One type can be clipped to the top of a television set and includes a platform for a Kinect® to safely rest on. A slightly more robust version includes a number of anchor arms that can be attached to the back of a television set.

Aside from televisions that are simply too thin, wall mounted sets can also present a difficulty. One solution to this issue is to attach the Kinect® to the wall as well. Kinect® stands designed for this purpose can be secured to a wall in the same manner as a television mount. This can result in a very clean looking installation, though drilling additional holes in a wall is not always an option.

Telescoping Kinect® stands are usually designed to rest on the floor. This type of Kinect® stand can be used in conjunction with a television that is wall mounted, or in any other situation where it is difficult to correctly position the sensor device. Since these units have adjustable bases, they can be fine tuned to whatever height is necessary for a Kinect® to work properly.

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