Kinects secret future revealed by MS
Microsoft has shown off a fully functioning, behind-closed-doors future house based on its own technology - with Kinect-style motion control at its core.
Microsoft Home, based at its headquarters in Redmond, Seattle includes a mock childs bedroom. On the rooms wall are a selection of Microsoft entertainment choices.
During an exclusive first look by Channel 4 news, Microsoft Homes Jonathan Cluts walks viewers through the mock house.
"My daughters room has this ability to have her wake it up," he explains, before saying "wake up" out loud to the space. Lights come on and digital wallpaper springs to life
Cluts then gestures at a "sun" on the wall to bring up a selection of applications.
"I can now just use my hand to pick the various things that can be applied to the room," he says, moving his palm across the space in front of him to move an imaginary cursor.
Its not full clear what device is exactly picking up Cluts motion - but the voice recognition and motion response is very reminiscent of Kinect. The MS exec even picks a choice called "Grandmas Room" which makes the ambience more sedate.
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