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MaxMouseDLL
06-22-2010, 08:13 AM
"Looking forward into the future, I expect to see it in other types of applications," says Jamie Shotton (http://jamie.shotton.org/work/) of Microsoft Research UK in Cambridge. "We're starting to think hard about that now."

While games provided the initial impetus for Kinect, Shotton is now interested in exploring other practical applications, such as hands-free access to patient files for surgeons, smoother presentation software, and intelligent monitoring systems. Kinect-like technology could, for instance, be used in a home-security system that wouldn't confuse the motion of pets or family friends with those of an unfamiliar intruder, Shotton says. It could even serve as a remote monitoring system to help care for elderly people if it was first trained to infer a person's well-being, or otherwise, from posture and activity levels.

"The algorithm is essentially there for doing that kind of application, it's just a question of whether this is a socially acceptable thing: having a camera looking in on people," he says.

Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19065-innovation-microsofts-kinect-isnt-just-for-games.html