Will Windows Phone Make a Kinect-ion?
A Microsoft executive has hinted that the same motion-capture tech found in the company’s forthcoming Kinect peripheral could eventually find its way into mobile devices as well.
Speaking at the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda suggested to Pocket-lint that a marriage between phones and mo-cap was certainly possible, stating that “it’s all stuff that you could work into phones as well if you wanted to…if like you worked at a company that did stuff with phones and PCs then maybe something like that would be possible.”
Now obviously Microsoft is one such company, and although Tsunoda refused to reveal any specific plans that Redmond might have, we know from early Windows Phone 7 leaked documentation that camera gestures were initially included as a primary input method. Slides from those documents seem to depict illustrated users triggering unknown phone functions by simply waving a two-dimensional hand in front of the camera.
We know from the Kinect hardware that stereoscopic cameras would be required to mimic its functionality, meaning that existing handsets would not likely ever gain this sort of capability. Still, Tsunoda is convinced that “it’s so much easier naturally using your voice or using gestures,” so it would definitely seem that at least once person inside Microsoft is pushing to broaden the scope of this technology.