Kinect is awesome because it's an interesting piece of technology. It's not interesting because we can use it to play video games. This incredible tech demo from MIT is mindblowing. Absolutely mindblowing. In terms of the potential, of the possibilities. We could be focusing Kinect on incredible stuff like this or we could be clumsily trying to use some shoe horned functionality in a game that would probably be better off without it.
inFORM is a display concept designed to make something virtual and intangible real and tangible. It sounds simple. But revolutionary tech always is. Using voxels inFORM is able to physically recreate any shape using Kinect. You could interact with an actual physical shape without actually being there. Seems insane. Seems like science fiction but with Kinect, and MIT's application of that technology, it's possible.
The scary thing is this: the above video shows inFORM at its most primitive. Think years into the future, with a higher resolution and increased scale. What is possible with this technology? What could be created? It's exciting. It's terrifying.