Saturday, December 11, 2010

Why Kinect is a game changer

After a long wait and weeks of promo, Kinect finally hit the stores both in India and the US almost simultaneously a couple of weeks ago. It retails at around $200 in the US and 10,000 INR in India.

I was grinning ear-to-ear when MS announced that Kinect would be an add-on to the Xbox 360 system and wouldn’t necessarily require purchasing a new console. However, what took my breath away was the fact that MS has designed Kinect not just for the Xbox but for the PC as well. Now this is a coup de grace. Netizens who frequent couldn’t have missed Pranav Mistry’s “Sixth sense” presentation. I couldn’t help but think that Kinect would take us all a step closer to it. Kinect opens up the doors for a new array of gesticulation-and-voice based programs on the PC that can completely overhaul our PC experience. You might be able to give your keyboard and mouse some rest and just be “interacting” – talking naturally with your computer with gesticulations pretty soon.

I am sure usability experts  will now sit-up and take notice that they could soon be doing away with conventional menu bars and interaction elements and coming up with new patterns to make a computer adapt better to human gesticulations. All in all, I think human-computer-interaction is heading into a whole new phase of fun. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

1 comment:

Anuraag Godika said...

It may, or it may not.
Unfortunately, not too many people are going to have kinect connected to their PCs, so as a mainstream technology for interacting with your computer, its a long way off.
For some store demonstrations or specialized applications, I would tend to agree with you.