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Well as announced at CES this week, Microsoft is bring the 360's Kinect to the PC. An extensive article can be seen below:

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/20...mments-bar

Personally, I'm interested to see where this goes. In no way do I see it being successful as a gaming peripheral but I can see some potential applications commercially.

It's going to cost $250, $100 more than its Xbox 360 counterpart, and launches February 1st.

Thoughts?
It would it be a great Office tool for presentations, speech to text, and some security applications. And as you said, not as a gaming peripheral.
Good point Smile
And why would I need that outside of gaming?
I already got a bunch of sensors for everything from movement to security. I can control my light with my voice and can hold a presentation with a remote that's as small as a light bulb.

If it could water my plants ...
The potential for editing and art programs in so vast. Sure gaming would be interesting but the art and design areas are where i hope to see the most innovation.

It would be great if it can be made to work for editing. Hand gesture to cut and then grab and move footage about. That is something I have wanted to do for many years. Finger painting using my actual hands. Natural
Agreed. Especially with presentations, imagine pointing and gesturing with the projection behind you instead of using a clicker and a laser pointer. Actually being able to manipulate designs and figures would be a very engaging sight to see.

As far as gaming is concerned, its just not logical. No one has room around their desk to play Just Dance 2 with the family. Additionally, who would want to play on a 20" screen at waste level. Sure you could connect your PC to a TV in the living room, but at that point you may as well get the cheaper console version.

I think they should have used a more work oriented design and rebranded it, although I understand they want the Kinect to become a household name with console and PC.

Interesting conversation guys!
One major problem: $250?! For a peripheral?! Good luck convincing users to drop that kind of cash on a peripheral!
Definitely, it'll be interesting to see how developers react as well. If the hardware is too expensive and people aren't buying them then I don't see them wasting time/resources developing for it. I didn't see any mention of start up titles or program integrations either.
I'm pretty sure gimmicks like moving the projection is more of a software problem. Last time I checked basic webcams were able to recognice simple gestures.
Especially using Photoshop I need precision.
(01-11-2012, 11:10 PM)Kaid Wrote: [ -> ]I'm pretty sure gimmicks like moving the projection is more of a software problem. Last time I checked basic webcams were able to recognice simple gestures.
Especially using Photoshop I need precision.

Sure you need precision but over time these things can and would improve. Original ball mouse isn't so precise if you compare to a laser mouse and then if you want you can go to a tablet (wacom etc) for another way to do things.

If you zoom in using a hand gesture how precise could you get. Not just zoom in the program but the whole screen. physical devices can be replaced if motion capture is invested enough in. It comes down to money like everything else. If no one else does it then I'm sure a back ally company in China will do it and probably already have. iphone 5 came out before the 4s did in China.