Monday, June 14, 2010

Business & Technology | Microsoft on move with Kinect | Seattle Times Newspaper

More Kinect impressions

Kinect is accurate enough that your words and gestures can control a TV, choose movies and, of course, play games. It won't replace the computer keyboard soon, but the mouse and remote control should be concerned.

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But I'd argue that the real breakthrough with Kinect is that Microsoft has figured out how to deliver such exotic technology — barely out of the advanced research labs — in a small, easy-to-use package costing less than a smartphone.

If it can get depth sensors, cameras and microphones into a small plastic tube and sell it for about $100, it won't be long before the same bundle of hardware and software is built into consoles, TV sets, computers and maybe even phones.

Meanwhile, millions of Xbox Kinect players will be testers, helping Microsoft prove and refine this new technology before it spreads to other widely used devices.

We may never sit still again.

Business & Technology | Microsoft on move with Kinect | Seattle Times Newspaper

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