The Kinect Effect
December 13, 2011
Microsoft recently released their Winter 2011 "Dashboard Update" for their Xbox 360 game console. Many of the changes that were done for the dashboard allow anyone with a Kinect Motion Sensor the ability to control most of the Xbox via voice and motion control. Xbox Live Gold members have access to all sorts of content, including ESPN programming. Say you missed a college football game and wanted to see it - The ESPN Application not only gives you a choice of what games are live, but you can watching streaming replays of games that have already been finished. Being born and raised in Georgia I know the biggest game of the year is usually The University of Georgia Bulldogs against the Yellow Jackets of The Georgia Institute of Technology, AKA the "Georgia/Georgia Tech Game". I haven't been watching much football for the past few years and decided to catch the replay of the game while testing the voice capabilities of the Kinect Sensor. Activating the sensor is as easy as saying "Xbox" and commands will show up on the screen. See the video below for a demonstration of what you can do -
You may have heard commercials touting "The Kinect Effect" about how people are using the Kinect Motion sensor outside of the living room and for practical applications. Microsoft has a dedicated page for the Kinect Effect that has videos and stories of how the Kinect is being used in Therapy for Children with Autism, Rehab for people who have suffered Strokes, and how a Hospital in Spain is using the kinect to navigate MRI and CAT Scans along with other practical applications for the Kinect Sensor.
The Kinect Effect Website
You can even download the Beta SDK (Software Development Kit) for your Windows based PC,if you are inspired to make an application for the Kinect. The possibilities are endless for what you can do as you will see from the links, videos and stories on the Kinect Effect website, they even encourage you to share with them what you've been able to do with the Kinect. I challenge each of you who own a Kinect to come up with something new and creative that has nothing to do with video gaming and email me at email@example.com as well as post your stories to the Kinect Effect website! After a few responses I should do a follow up.
Microsoft Kinect, not only are you the Controller, you could be the future as well!
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