“Multi-touch” on PC, using Kinect

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Yesterday we told you about the availability of PC drivers for Microsoft’s Xbox Motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect – and how those drivers would help usher in a natural user interface for general computing.

Today we bring you the first video of that evolution. An industrious developer has taken those drivers and enabled a Minority Report styled method of interacting with his PC. Right now, all it seems capable of is moving and resizing photographs on the fly – but it’s a start. It’s actually not too dissimilar from the Playstation Move UI demos that did the rounds before the product’s release – but this doesn’t require you to hold anything..other than perhaps the hope that Microsoft releases a proper SDK for this thing some time soon.

This is the sort of stuff I’m keen on from Kinect – I really have little interest in pretending to pet virtual tigers.

Last Updated: November 12, 2010

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