Microsoft to let other people change how we use computers
I don’t like Microsoft. I don’t like how shortcut keys in PowerPoint are different from shortcut keys in Word (I don’t get that, the programs are 25 years old! Can’t they just talk?).
I don’t like the size and clunkiness of the programs in the office suite.
But I like this. I like this a lot. I think in less than 5 years, we’ll be gesturing to our computers to read e-mail.
This isn’t because Microsoft will figure it out. It is because Microsoft will:
“…open up its Xbox Kinect technology to allow amateur software developers to experiment with it.
The company is to release a software development kit in the spring, which will give developers access to the secrets behind the technology.”
I think this creates some good opportunity for brands. Think about it: showing people having fun engaging with a website in a TV spot. The gesturing could be owned. Right?
This could get fun.
- Microsoft Welcomes XBox Kinect ‘Hackers’ (daaaveeeee.wordpress.com)
- Xbox Kinect welcomes hackers (telegraph.co.uk)
- XBox to welcome Kinect ‘hackers’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Microsoft releasing development kit for Kinect motion controller (venturebeat.com)