The Possibilities of Kinect

In an interview with Wilbour Craddock of Microsoft Ireland we discuss the opportunities that exist for next generation user interfaces, development possibilities and market applications.

The interview took place at the Microsoft European Development Centre (EDC) on the day of a Microsoft Kinect Event. Developers gathered to hear speakers such as Fred Herrera of Create Ireland talk about the marketing opportunities for gesture based technologies using the Kinect. He pointed out that in a sense the killer app was that Kinect already had a mass market presence. This would make it very easy to distribute applications.

Stephen Howell from the Institute of Technology, Tallaght demonstrated how simple and straightforward it was to create educational and games programs using the Kinect in conjunction with Scratch; a very basic but very powerful programming language.

Finally, Neil Gannon showed how the Kinect device could be used to record real world environments for creating virtual worlds. Clearly, there were other architectural and landscaping applications to be had as well.

More Kinect events are planned and you can expect them to be listed on the Microsoft Ireland Events site when dates are set.

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