Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

Summary: The Kinect interface is Version 1.0 of something that might evolve into something cool. It could well become more important than the XBox it was built to support.

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Microsoft now says it always intended the Kinect to be an open interface. (I'm the proud owner of an autographed copy of this software.)

Someone tapped a shoulder on the Microsoft campus and reminded the company it's not Nintendo (whose U.S. office is also in Redmond). Microsoft got to be huge by being open, not closed.

So let 1,000 hacks bloom. Let the Kinect become a robotics device, let it capture 3-D images, let's see if there are medical applications for it. They might actually make the product better.

This is an important turning point in the history of interfaces. For the last several years innovation has come from Nintendo or Apple, two companies noted for their tight control over technology.

This has led many people to mistakenly believe that the only way to innovate was through such tight control, and that the only way to profit from innovation was to dictate what could or could not be done with it.

That's simply not true.

At the same time this may be a turning point for Microsoft.

The company fought open source for so long, and so fiercely, that many people are too young to remember a time when Microsoft meant open. But it did. In the 1980s when IBM sought to dictate hardware interfaces, and even the nature of pure "DOS" (as your father), Microsoft meant a more open alternative. It's how they won the market.

Microsoft code may not always be transparent, but that doesn't mean you can't innovate within a Microsoft-owned ecosystem. Developers, developers, developers developers wasn't just a dance craze. It was truly Microsoft's attitude.

The Kinect interface is Version 1.0 of something that might evolve into something cool. It could well become more important than the XBox it was built to support.

Now Microsoft will be able to explore that possibility, and its profit opportunities. As will we.

Goody.

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  • Motion sense

    Computing is the new touch. I dream of interacting with my systems via motion gestures and maybe even facial expressions.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      Sorry - the statement "interacting...via...facial expressions" from a Cylon makes me giggle at the irony... :)
      Chip Moody
      • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

        @Chip Moody Yes, but if we could do it imagine what we could do with that knowledge!
        DanaBlankenhorn
      • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

        @Chip Moody and @Cylon Centurion 0005

        Agreed, that was a good snort! Then the snort got me thinking. You know how Hulu asks at the top of their commercials if it was relevant to you or not? With expression recognition that gets replaced with add driven systems that truly know what you like and what you dislike. Now that would be very... eerie.
        Mark Bryant
      • MArdi Gras tells us how to deal with this

        @Chip Moody Masks for everyone while they watch TV! Purple feathers if you like the show, green if you do not, and non-expressive noh masks if you want to hide your reaction.
        gardoglee
  • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

    <comment deleted due to stupid double-post fail>
    Chip Moody
  • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

    My understand is that they were able to get it to read sign-language with more expensive cameras. Sounds great, the cost should come down by the time the next Xbox system comes out.
    shawn.vachon@...
    • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

      @shawn.vachon@... I think it's possible Kinect will be upgraded based on its own product needs, not just those of the XBox. They're sold separately.
      DanaBlankenhorn
      • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

        If Microsoft decides that Kinect should support more than 2 players at a time, they'll need a better XBox and a higher-resolution Kinect device. I can see both parts of the XBox equation being upgraded at the same time as the machine receives it's upgrades.
        nix_hed
  • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

    I agree there is no telling what may become of or because of this device. Already it is a runaway success for its intended purpose, game playing. one million units sold in 10 days. That 100,000 units per day. Unbelieveably outstanding!
    eargasm
  • RE: Microsoft to test limits of Kinect market

    This will be awesome cool when it matures a bit. I can imagine all kinds of interactions with just regular television screens. Replacing the remote for instance. changing channels, volume or even input via gestures. No more frantic searching for that lost remote as soon as you hear the Hannah Montana theme start.
    bigsibling
  • The Industrial Age, The Information Age, The Magic Age

    My Kids love Kinect mostly because it gives them a sense of control that is akin to what they wish they could feel while playing magic or dungeons and dragons or what they experience via a controller while playing harry potter games to them its Magic and rightly so<br><br>They can barely stand still while playing the Kinect games we bought for them they are so excited<br><br>and then to read that MS is making thr software "open Source" does my Open source loving heart all kinds of good because in my job as a web developer I have seen amazing things come out of a loosely knit group of developers all working on a common goal which is making their app better. Give us apps and games that use Kinect and microsoft is SMART to go open source we will get more quality apps and games quicker that way and if you havent tried kinect, find somewhere where its at, or go get one already and try it you wont be disappointed
    KineticArtist
  • Kinect for Robotic Controller?

    Interaction in a game as one thing; but I can see this as an excellent tool for loading robotic instructions, or for direct telecontrol of machinery.
    Dr_Zinj