Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

Kinect for Windows, Gesture-recognizing UI Around the Corner

After Microsoft's evolved game controller the Kinect for Xbox 360 came to the fore, speculation among tech circles saw a future for the device in the PC platform right away, beyond being just a game controller. It looks like Redmond is taking steps in that direction, with the groundwork for Kinect's arrival on the Windows PC platform underway. Microsoft will release the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) this spring, so developers can start work on it right away. This could include giving Games for Windows applications Kinect support which they enjoy on the Xbox 360 platform.

The possibilities are endless for non-game applications to make use of Kinect as a gesture-recognizing, and face-recognizing device. Gesture recognition UI and face-recognition are pitched to be some of the defining features of Microsoft's next version of Windows. Kinect for Windows SDK will be released on a non-commercial basis. "The hope is that the SDK will unleash a wave of creativity to add to the already exciting developments we’ve seen on top of Kinect. The SDK will provide access to Kinect’s sensor as well audio and system API’s," the company commented.

Source: Next at Microsoft (Technet Blog)
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38 Comments on Kinect for Windows, Gesture-recognizing UI Around the Corner

#1
Jack Doph
Beyond the novelty factor, I think that, with the right implementation, this could actually be something very useful to people with a disability of sorts - especially to those with motor-skills issues.
It could possibly put many things in reach of those, that cannot afford to spend huge amounts of money on specialised equipment as they may be required to do now.. and maybe have some fun in the process too ;)
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#2

Except for maybe 3d apps where it might be easier to navigate using 3d gestures, I don't see the point. What is easier, pushing a mouse or flailing around with your hands? I have my mice set to at least 4000 dpi so I can navigate across 2 screens while moving my mouse a couple of inches with my arm resting comfortably on my desk or sofa. Why would I want to have arm in the air every minute I'm on a computer? Explain that to me.

I mean MAYBE if it can detect millmeter sized movements and interpret them correctly AND I don't have to have my entire arm up, IDK, I might think about it in that case. But even then, I doubt the software is going to be either perfect or that precise.
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#3
Velvet Wafer
How cool is that:D? i listen to music, and just keep shuffling, playing, pausing, repeating.... all with a slight gesture of my right hand! would be majorly awesome if the price is right;)
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#4
jmcslob
But you will need Windows 8?
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by: theJesus
Idea: 3D modeling

How cool would it be to quickly mold rough copies of your ideas and then fine-tune with the mouse/keyboard or other specialized input device?
You need at least HD cameras and at least 60fps for doing that. Trust me, I know... ;)

by: jmcslob
But you will need Windows 8?
Windows 3.11 will be fine.
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theJesus
by: TAViX
You need at least HD cameras and at least 60fps for doing that. Trust me, I know... ;)
Fair enough. Well, at least you could slowly mold very rough drafts with your hands :laugh:
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#7

You need bigger res for improved precision and detail. The 640x480 cameras are to weak for that. Check the tube for some videos to understand my meaning.
#8
Bundy
porn? The possibilities will be endless......
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#9
Reefer86
sounds pretty good imo, glad to see the pc is being supported with such things. only other thing that i wonder is, how many titles will actually make it to the pc for the controller.
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Mussels
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by: Reefer86
sounds pretty good imo, glad to see the pc is being supported with such things. only other thing that i wonder is, how many titles will actually make it to the pc for the controller.
so far i've seen NO mention of games. this is for facial recognition and OS/media control.



from what i've heard, windows next will incorporate this as default, so laptops will have kinect compatible webcams for facial login, movement/voice based controls, etc. voice controls is a ton easier with a standardized mic.
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#11

relax. I bet we are going to play next year some nice games similar of ones on wii ;)
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Mussels
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by: TAViX
relax. I bet we are going to play next year some nice games similar of ones on wii ;)
i dont think we will, until windows next rolls out. without a console to push it out, no ones going to code games for kinect on PC (unless they make an official 360 emulator, and let you play those games on PC)
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#13
[H]@RD5TUFF
Can't say I am really interested in that at all, on a table top sure, on a gaming PC no thanks!
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