Kinect – Will hand movements replace a mouse?

At Microsofts TechFest this week, they showed off an update to the Kinect software that allows even more hand-gestured commands. Rumours say that the technology allows users to pinch-to-zoom with their hands and pan around the screen, simply by clenching your hand in-front of the sensor. Even though the software was orginally designed for the Xbox 360, Microsoft have plans to move it to the PC and open its SDK to developers to take full advantage of the technology.

In the latest update, it has been announced that the technology will turn the user’s hand into a mouse or touchpad. Microsoft also showed a game, Jetpack Joyride, showing how the gesture can control movement from within the title.

Microsoft’s SDK updated will be rolled out in the next few weeks. For now, it’ll only be available on Windows Kinect.

Xbox Kinect

Xbox Kinect

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