Microsoft looking to bring Kinect and WP7 closer together

Microsoft’s Kinect has been nothing short of a massive success. Consumers are loving the device, the homebrew community is exploding with new uses everyday, and it is changing the way we not only play games, but interact with technology.

When the idea was brought up about the interaction between WP7 and Kinect, a Microsoft employee divulged some details about the possible direction for the convergence of the two devices.

The employee propagated that Microsoft is looking into ways to use a Kinect with Windows Phone 7 to bring the Xbox portion of the WP7 closer the console. The idea was discussed that a WP7 device’s screen could be recognized by a Kinect to share data, initiate an action (think show a game on the WP7 and have the Kinect recognize the image and pull up the game in the marketplace on the console) and possible real-time chat interaction.

When probed about the real time interaction, the source indicated that it could be possible to tie in to the newly announced Avatar Kinect platform. When the question was asked how could character movements be initiated from a WP7 devices that doesn’t have the Kinect cameras, the source clearly indicated that the motion sensors within the device can be used to help fill the gap. 

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it sound likely a nerd dream rather a real fact.

For a console, to sell a couple millions of unit is called a success. Instead, for cellphone, to sell a few millions of unit is called a failure.

If wp7 was popular then, may be it will help to push the sales of the kinect but, it is the opposite, Kinnect is the famous, while wp7 is struggling to not to be another kin

Magallanes said,
it sound likely a nerd dream rather a real fact.

For a console, to sell a couple millions of unit is called a success. Instead, for cellphone, to sell a few millions of unit is called a failure.

If wp7 was popular then, may be it will help to push the sales of the kinect but, it is the opposite, Kinnect is the famous, while wp7 is struggling to not to be another kin

^^ facts taken from hoola-hoola-zooloo-tanga-baba-gogo.com

Microsoft is selling it's devices good. Some numbers have appeared. Maybe it doesn't seem a hit as the iPhone, but it doesn't mean it's a failure either.

Magallanes said,
it sound likely a nerd dream rather a real fact.

For a console, to sell a couple millions of unit is called a success. Instead, for cellphone, to sell a few millions of unit is called a failure.

If wp7 was popular then, may be it will help to push the sales of the kinect but, it is the opposite, Kinnect is the famous, while wp7 is struggling to not to be another kin

Soo umm what's your point?

A couple of scenarios I can imagine...
1. Send WP7 motion sensor data to XBox for games that could benefit from fine level detection of wrist movements.
2. Using WP7 as a adjunct display (ex. status, weapons)
...I can also see these used for improved portable profile scenarios.

As cool as it was, I'd hate to control my PC via connect. I just spent 20 minutes navigating the avatar clothing store and by the end of it my right arm is killing me.

Would make an awesome webcam though.

Benjy91 said,
As cool as it was, I'd hate to control my PC via connect. I just spent 20 minutes navigating the avatar clothing store and by the end of it my right arm is killing me.

Would make an awesome webcam though.

Yeah, I see your point. I would prefer a Surface personally. But that would be a very cool webcam.

It will be really cool if Microsoft can integrate Kinect sensors into WP7 and Windows 7/8 tablets. Just imagine you can do everything without even touching the screen just wave your hand at your tablet or phone, scroll up and down and do the same things that you do. I wish I can patent this idea for Microsoft.

Perseus Prime said,
It will be really cool if Microsoft can integrate Kinect sensors into WP7 and Windows 7/8 tablets. Just imagine you can do everything without even touching the screen just wave your hand at your tablet or phone, scroll up and down and do the same things that you do. I wish I can patent this idea for Microsoft.

You think they haven't though of that already? Come on.. if they can create something like the kinect, i'm pretty sure they would of thought of trying to expand it upon different devices.

But you are right about if it gets intergrated into the mobiles, not sure how it would work, but it would be good if done correctly.

Perseus Prime said,
I can think of some simple things like using the eye movement and voice commands to scroll up/down, open/close an app, etc.,

Eye movements? Good shout, but instead of moving the eyes, maybe left eye wink = close app, right eye wink = open menu or somethiing, eye movement I think is too hard to track, for example when you read things on the device your eyes move..
Voice commands aren't anything to do with kinect, that's a separate technology that's been in phones for a while.

booboo said,

Eye movements? Good shout, but instead of moving the eyes, maybe left eye wink = close app, right eye wink = open menu or somethiing, eye movement I think is too hard to track, for example when you read things on the device your eyes move..
Voice commands aren't anything to do with kinect, that's a separate technology that's been in phones for a while.
LOL That would be extremely annoying. Let's just perfect hand gestures and voice recognition performance first. Then move on to other body parts. Sound good?

Jebadiah said,
LOL That would be extremely annoying. Let's just perfect hand gestures and voice recognition performance first. Then move on to other body parts. Sound good?

+1

And with things like Surface, I think they've proven that touch interaction is something they are very serious about. And honestly, that technology probably makes more sense in a tablet / phone than Kinect, which needs you to stand a distance away to "see"... It all comes down to cost effectiveness.

the key of success for Microsoft is to bring all of its technology together

I mean connect windows to windows live +Xbox + Xbox live + wp7+ TV + Azure and more...

all access from anywhere. easy to use

Emperatoor said,
the key of success for Microsoft is to bring all of its technology together

I mean connect windows to windows live +Xbox + Xbox live + wp7+ TV + Azure and more...

all access from anywhere. easy to use

They are working on it...
3 screens and the cloud

Goldenlotus said,

They are working on it...
3 screens and the cloud

Yep. A great vision. They're definitely moving in the right direction.