Microsoft researchers say the company's Kinect technology, which recognizes gestures and voice commands, could be the beginning of a new way of communicating with computers. Microsoft's Craig Mundie says that Kinect is a natural user interface that could lead to computers that understand human speech and hand gestures in the future. Kinect is the "first incarnation of the next big thing in computing," Mundie says.
Microsoft recently announced plans to release a software developer's toolkit for academics and enthusiasts that want to design their own applications using Kinect technology. Microsoft's Don Mattrick says the company is "embracing that community. This is the next step in that journey."
Meanwhile, Microsoft's researchers are developing applications that take advantage of the Kinect's ability to recognize a wide variety of physical objects. They say Kinect technology could be used for inexpensive three-dimensional design and modeling, realistic human avatars, and smart displays.
From The New York Times
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