Kinect 'only the beginning', says Microsoft27 January 2011 15:23:56
Microsoft's Kinect motion control system for the Xbox 360 is the first of many future projects based on user interface technology, says the firm.
Kinect, which allows users to control Xbox 360 games using body movements and voice commands, has been hugely successful since its launch last year, selling over eight million units so far.
However, writing on Microsoft's official blog, the firm's Steve Clayton said that "natural user interface (NUI) technology", as used by Kinect, would advance considerably in the future.
"Even with all the excitement, the reality is that our industry - Microsoft included - has only scratched the surface of what is possible," he said.
"Microsoft's exploration into NUI is multi-dimensional. By combining sensory inputs with the knowledge of what you’re trying to do (contextual awareness), where you are and what is around you (environmental awareness), 3D simulation and anticipatory learning, we can foresee a future where technology becomes almost invisible."
It has previously been rumoured that Microsoft plans to make Kinect available for PC as well as Xbox 360 users.
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