Microsoft explores potential for Kinect in collaboration

Microsoft research is forging ahead with developing its own, non-gaming applications for the Kinect sensor. In its latest video release the company demonstrates how Kinect can be used to help software developers in meetings interact with programming development environment Codespace. Meeting attendees can work on the display itself, or from their seats using gestures or mobile devices to interact with content displayed on a screen.

Whilst the video shows the Codespace example, the Researchers say that they are excited about the possibility of extending this kind of application in the classroom for teaching purposes or into a corporate boardroom.

Of particular interest to us is the ability for meeting participants not stood at the display to interact with gestures and present a pointer on the screen. This is illustrated at about 1:40 on the video. It is a little dry, but well worth a watch.