Microsoft shows off the power of Kinect + Windows Phone

Microsoft has many products in its portfolio and when the company is able to bridge the boundaries between them, incredible things are possible. One such bridge is being built between Kinect and Windows Phone.

In a video posted up on the Microsoft research site, the company is showing how Windows Phone and Kinect can interact to blend the physical and digital worlds.

The video shows how a Kinect can detect a Windows Phone device and then use that device (and its sensors) to interact with objects on the screen.

Even more impressive is that the screen is actually an LCD with a mirror in front of it so it can overlay any image on top of the mirror; it’s quite hard to describe so it is best to watch the video to gain a better understanding.

The Windows Phone and Kinect are two powerful products independently, but when you bridge the gap between them, you now have a physical and digital device interacting in ways that are intuitive and exponentially powerful.

We know that Microsoft will continue to find ways to use a Windows Phone with a Kinect and that this is only the beginning of what is actually possible. As Microsoft builds out its ecosystem, it has many cards to play and what we are looking at in this video, is only the start of an amazing journey.

 

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So far that has nothing to do with Windows Phone, could have done all of that with a cardboard box the kinect was programmed to recognize.

osm0sis said,
So far that has nothing to do with Windows Phone, could have done all of that with a cardboard box the kinect was programmed to recognize.
I've just checked to make sure, turns out none of my cardboard boxes can send orientation data to any of my other devices

To be fair, it's using "sensor fusion"... combining accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope sensor data to measure orientation very accurately. You can't do that with a cardboard box, especially an edge-on view of the surface of the box facing the Kinect.

osm0sis said,
So far that has nothing to do with Windows Phone, could have done all of that with a cardboard box the kinect was programmed to recognize.

Actually... watch it again.

osm0sis said,
So far that has nothing to do with Windows Phone, could have done all of that with a cardboard box the kinect was programmed to recognize.

So far, that has nothing to do with jealousy.

DARKFiB3R said,
I've just checked to make sure, turns out none of my cardboard boxes can send orientation data to any of my other devices

LOL, +1

DARKFiB3R said,
I've just checked to make sure, turns out none of my cardboard boxes can send orientation data to any of my other devices
Haha too true. I simply meant that they do stuff like that on CNN, projecting holograms/orientation based on an inanimate object, etc., all the time... but I'm sure using all the bells and whistles of a modern smartphone it'll only improve and exceed.

DARKFiB3R said,
I've just checked to make sure, turns out none of my cardboard boxes can send orientation data to any of my other devices

Actually, calculating the movement/orientation of a cardboard box with a Kinect sensor probably would have been easier, since it's a nice simple 3D shape to track.

Just saying...

The problem with showing off concepts is that they sometimes raise expectations too much. I remember the Courier debacle and also other visionary videos from them that have still not come true. I don't see why Microsoft is still doing this. It's not just that the final product may work differently or be cancelled altogether, but also that by doing this, they kill the surprise factor once it's finally revealed. So now we know Microsoft is thinking of doing this. Well color my unsurprised when it's revealed.

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