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The Official Kinect SDK Beta from Microsoft is now Available

Microsoft had announced at MIX that they were doing it. Now they've done it. The Kinect SDK Beta is now available. I've blogged about the Kinect as an input device, and I've spoken about its potential impact on computing at local .NET user group meetings. With an official SDK now being available, we can begin to see what the real potential impact will be.

Kinect in the Doctor's Office

In a previous blog entry,Computer Interactions Are Going to Change, I mentioned doctors using Microsoft Kinect technology as a keyboard and mouse free way of interacting with a computer -- of a way to interact using gestures. In that blog post, I mentioned that Microsoft showed a video of this at the Microsoft TechEd conference. That video is embedded below for you to see!

Classic Windows in Windows 8

Earlier this week I posted on Windows 8 and included a YouTube video showing some of the features.  One of the questions that wasn't really addressed in the demos was the look and feel of "classic" Windows applications. The new interface is a long way from the existing Windows 7 interface. 

Windows 8 for Developers: Microsoft Build

Microsoft has started unveiling the details of Windows 8! This includes a video demoing some of the features. I've embedded the YouTube video showing some of the features at the end of this blog entry.

Computer Interactions Are Going to Change

The mouse caused huge changes in how people interacted with computers. It has been said that voice input could change interaction as well; however, we've seen limited impact from voice input in mainstream applications. The advent of what appears to be a solid gesture system shows promise to have an impact greater than voice, and possibly greater than the mouse.

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