KinEmote application for Kinect allows users to control Boxee, XBMC

In the short time that Kinect has been available, we have seen some cool demos, heard about some potentially helpful applications, and have even seen some seedy uses for the new hardware.  Now we have the first example of an application that appears ready for prime time. The application is called KinEmote, and it allows users to control both XBMC and Boxee with simple hand gestures. This is similar to what is available on the Xbox 360's interface, but it has been ported over to the Windows platform.

The video that was posted on the official KinEmote site shows a user navigating through a music collection, selecting a song, and then switching to visualization mode. Afterwards the user exits the music section to explore the list of movies that are available on his system, as well as play and pause, using only his hands to control the interface.

The application has been released as Open Source as a gift to the community, and is available for download to anyone who is interested.  It not only works with the Kinect, but also with any OpenNI compliant camera. As noted by the developer, "we also wanted to give people something fun to play with for Christmas."

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I know that this is made by people from the OSS crowd, but it seems silly that none of the native meida features of Windows itself are supported.

It would be different if Windows didn't have things like Windows Media Center and Media Player, and even Zune Software as a download that could have been supported, especially with consistent OS levle media event APIs that also could have been used that would work in these and other applications that support the OS APIs.

Windows Media Center with the Metro UI is ideal for touch and gesture navigation, more than the products this project is supporting. So just seems weird the Windows Media APIs are fired and basic navigation commands are not fired even if they don't have resources to do a touch style driver. (Literally arrow keys, back navigation, enter, and page up down being fired would fully control Media Center alone.)

StarLion said,
Aug, XBMC and Boxee are so buggy and lacking in features. How about something for Windows Media Center?

Ya, boxee still doesn't remember were you stop a video that you stream over your network. So when you come back to watch the video at a later time you have to start from start and skip back to were you where. Without that, i'm sure boxee is dead to a ALOT of people. I'd would use it if it remembered, but it doesn't so Team Media portal is my primary.

How on earth can you mention "XBMC is buggy and lacking in features" then compare it to Windows Media Center? Seriously?

Last I checked WMC couldn't do diddly.

Miuku said,
How on earth can you mention "XBMC is buggy and lacking in features" then compare it to Windows Media Center? Seriously?

Last I checked WMC couldn't do diddly.

This makes me question if you have even opened Windows Media Center in the last 5 years.

Last time I checked, doing diddly, doesn't include:
Netflix, CinemaNow, etc...
InternetTV
Multi-Tuner HD-DVR support
Content streaming
XBox access and streaming
Native Windows Media Center App

In some ways Microsoft was too early, and tried to get it into the wrong segment of the market. They pushed for cable providers to both use it on set top boxes in addition to better digital content support for Windowss PC. At the time, many of these companies were looking to offer something this rich in features, and

Microsoft and Windows Media Center was a bit too early for the world and markets at the time, and by the time the world was wanting what it does, it was forgotten or seen as just a DVR application for Windows. The base ideas behind Media Center was good, with even a full API set for Apps and cotent providers to create a seamless experience for users (like netflix does). However, Microsoft should have been more greedy when pushing for adoption and development, and used a centralized market/store, instead of letting developers use the old model of self distribution.

Microsoft TV/Windows Media Center also failed to have impact on cable/content providers as the features they were trying to present were too much at the time for cable companies that just wanted to provide basic programming and limited rental content. Where today, cable companies are moving to more rich 'media' concept designs and DVRs are standard features most of the time.