How Kinect Will Change the Workplace
When most people were first introduced to Microsoft Kinect technology, they used it to control a character on their television. It was no doubt a state-of-the-art piece of software, but one that had little use outside an animated golf or bowling game in the living room. Today, Kinect technology is starting to show up in businesses for both day-to-day processes and specific industry applications.
With Microsoft announcing the release of its Kinect for Windows commercial development package this month, this technology is beginning its transition from entertainment system to useful enterprise solution. Among the software capabilities now available on your computer is the ability to support up to four Kinect sensors, improved skeletal and speech recognition, API updates and a near mode, which enables the camera to see objects very close (like you in your desk chair.) Developers will no doubt build on this package quickly. As more and more users get familiar with the commercial development package, new capabilities are sure to spring up regularly.
It’s then up to business executives to find the most effective ways to use Kinect in the workplace. Here are just a few of the many benefits possible: