Having a gesture-detecting peripheral for Xbox 360 and plans for a refined PC version of Kinect isn't enough for Microsoft. It wants Kinect to become the new remote control from the moment you unbox your new TV.
Kinect's a cool piece of kit that's received a lot of hacking love and Microsoft is pushing it as a platform for businesses next year. But Kinect works best at six to eight feet. We sit at computers that are two feet away. See the problem?
Kinect might have started out as a Minority Report dream come true, inspiring all sorts of cool hacks, but it's kind of obvious that the games coming out for it are still of the "casual" genre. Microsoft's bigger vision for the Kinect is for it to revolutionize businesses.
Managing your online banking account is boring stuff, unless you're a banker. A Lithuanian software company thinks that clapping and using hand gestures with Kinect would make banking more fun. We're just laughing at the idea.
If you're short, things are about to get worse — if you're into Kinect. A new patent filed by Microsoft suggests it's planning to use Kinect's body detecting powers to guess a user's age and block content when necessary, based on pre-configured parental settings.
For many people, the bathroom is the one sanctuary where we can escape the constant scrutiny of modern life. The Magic Mirror may soon end that privacy however, as an electronic watchdog that keeps you in touch with life beyond the smallest room.
There's no denying that Kinect is a great sensor for the hacking scene and great for casual gaming on the Xbox 360, but what is this? Is Microsoft's next big gamble for Kinect really interactive advertising?
Microsoft's banking on Kinect to maintain it's Xbox 360 growth until the next Xbox arrives, but you know what? The sensor is limited, despite all of its wonderful hacks and planned Halo Anniversary support, it's a half-baked add-on for core...
Microsoft might have went on a Kinect frenzy at E3 this year with core games like Mass Effect 3 and Forza 4 using the sensor for voice command and head-tracking respectively, but one thing Microsoft didn't announce was that the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary remake would also have Kinect powers too.
At long last, developers will no longer need to rely on unofficial open source drivers to create sweet Kinect hacks. Microsoft's official Windows Kinect development kits are available for all to download. Minority Report's future starts now.