The definitive guide to honey-bee beards and long, gross fingernails, Guinness Book of World Records, has just handed Microsoft quite the distinction. The record-keepers have declared the Kinect for Xbox 360 the fastest-selling electronic device of all time--beating out the iPad and iPhone. How the beer company came up with the measuring stick for the ranking, however, is more than a bit arbitrary.
Guinness had this to say about ranking the Kinect:
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device. The hardware, that allows controller-free gaming, sold through an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011.
The first 60 days? Nowhere do they explain why it's not the first day, the first 30 days, the first quarter, the first year, or whatever other time frames could have been used.
Whatever the case, the Kinect is indeed mind-blowingly popular--something that hasn't been said about a new Microsoft product in quite some time, so congrats are certainly in order.
Is it a completely random way of measuring the record? Sure. But it's still nice to see our local tech giant get noticed for something that doesn't involve a lawsuit or weird patent filing.