I bought my son an Xbox360 a few months ago, shortly before the launch of Kinect. Once Kinect was introduced I asked him if he had any interest in adding it. In typical 13 year old parlance he shrugged and mumbled something I perceived as disinterest.
I'm not a gamer and have had no real interest in learning the nuances of mastering a game controller and spending hours shooting at bad guys. I know there are games other than "first person shooter" but teen boys have little interest in them.
But my interest in Kinect kept growing as I've read and written about the device on numerous occasions. Then I started hearing about the fun had in playing the popular title Dance Central. I knew my girlfriend, a great dancer, would enjoy it, and it would be a break from the monotony of indoor aerobics like stationary biking and stair stepping.
What finally convinced me was this story from the trade magazine CE Pro, Integrator: Microsoft Kinect is ‘Game-Changer for my Business’. In the story written by a fellow integrator, he discusses how the technology makes it a natural for body control of your home theater system. It's not something I hadn't already known about. In fact I wrote about it, Controlling Your Home Theater Through Kinect back in February. But the author's suggestion that all integrators should experience it and then install it in every home theater system convinced me to buy it.
I've had it for a week and am having a blast. I play the game that came with the Kinect and, of course, Dance Central. It's a fascinating technology to use. Controlling on screen menus with hand gestures is truly eye opening.
And the hackers are having the most fun of all. The innovations from these renegade youth will lead to big things, trust me. There's even a site called Kinect Hacks that shows the latest and greatest uses of the technology.
These hacks aren't for everyone. You have to jailbreak (modify the inner workings of the device) in order to create these hacks. Still, I'm sure Microsoft is paying attention and legitimate versions of these hacks will be brought to market in the future. A future where you may not even need a remote control anymore.
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