Last Thursday, Microsoft released the Kinect as an accessory for the Xbox 360. It’s an interface for gaming that has no hand-held controllers. Not only that – it allows you to control the gaming console with speech!
This new gizmo is on my daughter’s wish list for Christmas. She’ll never know it – but it’s on my wish list too. Sure the wireless controllers for the Wii are nifty but the new Kinect actually senses your movements so that you can interact with the game just by standing in front of the screen.
There is also talk about Microsoft adding support for the Kinect in Windows 8. Now that opens up a whole new world of possibilities, right? Could there be software just around the corner that lets you just move your hands around in front of your screen to highlight or drag-and-drop? No more mouse? Maybe coupled with some sophisticated voice recognition?
Maybe the next generation will look back at the days when we used a keyboard and a mouse and laugh at us. I guess it’s inevitable.
What do you think?
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