Friday, December 03, 2010

7 areas beyond gaming where Kinect could play a role

Image courtesy Microsoft/Xbox press kit.
Alex Howard has a great article on possible application outside of gaming for the Xbox 360's Kinect. Here are a few excerpts from the article, make sure to read the full article (link provided at end of post)
Kinect, at this stage, isn't perfect. As the Wall Street Journal and Engadget noted in reviews, a controller is still needed to access certain menus or functions, and accuracy-focused tasks that involve manipulating objects don't work all that well.
 Joe Sinicki summarized Kinect's broader influence in his review: "The main draw of Kinect is not what it does now, but what developers may be able to do with it in the future." Given OpenKinect, a set of open source drivers that unlocks the device's potential, the developer opportunities are considerable.
Here are the seven areas mentioned in the article. Details for each are described in the article.
  1. Health and medicine
  2. Special needs children and adults
  3. Exercise
  4. Education
  5. Participatory art
  6. Advertising and e-commerce
  7. Navigating the web/exploring digital spaces
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