Microsoft Kinect Coming to a PC Near You

Like Tom Cruise's character in Minority Report, we may all be using our hands to manipulate our PCs

CNET News is reporting that Microsoft will soon release a Software Development Kit (SDK) for using its Kinect motion sensor for the XBox 360 on Windows PCs.  The SDK will allow developers to create software that takes advantage of the device’s amazing ability to “see” how a person is moving their hands and other parts of their bodies.

The technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with PCs, enabling us to use our hands and arms to point to where we want to put a photo on a screen or to interact with web sites.

In an online statement, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, Craig Mundie, said that ““Microsoft’s investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us.”  He added, “the fruits of these research investments are manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them.”

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