It’s remarkable that a gaming device (from Microsoft, no less) designed for geeky gamers has incited broad innovation in medicine and robotics. But that Kinect has captured the imagination of hackers-with-MBAs-in-mind is downright amazing.
Below, six videos demonstrating a variety of business/office concepts Kinect hackers have developed. 3D videoconferencing has received the most attention, but German company Evoluce has garnered positive feedback for WIN&I, which allows users to control Windows 7 via Kinect. That software has been further refined by French firm So touch, which now markets a program for using Kinect to control PowerPoint presentations. Beyond innovative office solutions, Kinect is also being used creatively in marketing, as you’ll see in Nordstroms’ Kinect-powered interactive light-writing display.