Microsoft Kinect Turns 1, Opening Up to Serious Business

Almost one year ago, on November 4, 2010, Microsoft launched one of the most revolutionary devices on the market today – the Kinect. It's entirely possible that Microsoft didn't know what it had on its hands. After all, the Kinect was a gaming peripheral for the Xbox – hardly serious business. But then the hacking community got its hands on it, making it so much more.

Microsoft's new TV ad for the Kinect recognizes all the other uses of this technology. Check it out below:

Kinect Hackers

While these are dramatizations, they're based on real-world work. Tedesys, a technology startup in Cantebria, Spain, that is working on software that will make Kinect useful in an operating room.

During surgeries, the doctors can use gestures and motions to review a patient's medical information without the need to leave the sterile environment to touch paper or keyboard.

"Using Microsoft Kinect, they can check information on the patient without touching anything, and in this way they can avoid [the risk] of bacterial infection," said Jesus Perez, Tedesys' chief operating officer.

Microsoft announced that it will release a commercial SDK in 2012, meaning that the Kinect will officially move from being just a gaming peripheral to a full market device. Microsoft named Toyota, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Razorfish as companies developing commercial Kinect applications.

UPDATE: The Windows SDK has hit beta 2 and it's available for download here.

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  • house70
    CKKwanKinect used in sugeries?! What if it reads the hand movement wrongly and cut the wrong part ....

    Dude, it's for interacting with data onscreen without having to touch anything... not to actually cut someone. Read the article.
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  • cookies
    Awesome. I dig the orchestral version of Pixies - Where is my Mind.
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  • CKKwan
    Kinect used in sugeries?! What if it reads the hand movement wrongly and cut the wrong part ....
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  • house70
    CKKwanKinect used in sugeries?! What if it reads the hand movement wrongly and cut the wrong part ....

    Dude, it's for interacting with data onscreen without having to touch anything... not to actually cut someone. Read the article.
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