This Is How I'd Like To See Kinect Being Used...

I've been fairly critical of Kinect recently. It's not that I don't like the tech, just that I don't think it works that well for video games, or hasn't done to this point. But the actual technology itself, in terms of its application on life outside of video games, can be astounding and — occasionally — life changing.

In this example Kinect is used to directly translate sign language to people who can't understand or sign. It's this kind of functionality that makes me wonder why the Kinect brand is being wasted on video games where it frequently feels inaccurate or flat out doesn't work.

It reminds me of when Kinect was first released. It seemed as though incredible hacks were being discovered every other day, as folks started to get a handle on what Kinect could do outside of video games. The potential for Kinect is dazzling and I'd love to see it used in ways like this, where it's actually genuinely useful.

Via Fast Company


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    There's some interesting stuff going on at Universities with Kinect. I was speaking to a colleague in the computer science department though who was really impressed with the gesture recognition of Kinect 1.0. It just wasn't sensitive enough. It was great for doing 3D scans though apparently. They are pretty optimistic about Kinect 2.0.

    makes me wonder why the Kinect brand is being wasted on video games where it frequently feels inaccurate or flat out doesn’t work.
    Oh god, this. So much this.

    I think with the right AI to back it up Kinect could be a pretty amazing educational product. Imagine learning a language from something that spoke it, that you could interact with, coupled with the convenience of a book on tape. An AI that could recognise not just that you've pronounced the word incorrectly but break down what you said and show you exactly which parts of the word you've said incorrectly.

    That's when having a Kinect-like device on a console or a computer already in your home would be great.

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