New Kinect app lets people do their banking with gestures

Would you like to do activities such as online banking with the coolness factor of a motion controlled Xbox 360 game? The Lithuanian based company Etronika hopes so. The company recently announced it has developed a new application based on Microsoft's Kinect motion controller camera that lets people use just the movements of their hands and arms to control a number of online banking features.

The Kinect app can be seen in action at the video below. Etronika has created its own user interface for the program which lets users flip through a series of colored square icons with just the wave of their hands and arms. Users can look over their banking account with the app, pay bills online, transfer money and more. At one point a user is seen waving his hands to transfer info from his account to a smartphone icon. He then pulls out the phone and looks over the info he has just moved via the Kinect app.

Wired reports that the idea of the Kinect banking app was simply to make handing your finances more fun. Etronika CEO Kestutis Gardziulis says, "A lot of banking software apps are filled with boring crap. With our software, you could be on the couch at home, having a beer, all while dealing with your bank account and kicking back." So far Microsoft has not allowed anyone to  sell Kinect apps them for commercial use but hopefully an SDK version made specifically for paid apps will be announced soon.

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Would you like to do activities such as online banking with the coolness factor of a motion controlled Xbox 360 game?
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No, not at all.

There is nothing about Kinect that needs to be locked to Windows 7 only and not Vista or XP. If users paid for a Kinect, why not let them use it with any OS?

xpclient said,
There is nothing about Kinect that needs to be locked to Windows 7 only and not Vista or XP. If users paid for a Kinect, why not let them use it with any OS?

Drivers for Kinect need to be made for the other operating systems.

Does it take a video? I'd like to upload the video to Youtube to see my face everytime I see the paltry amount in my account and the 'I've got my pay dance'.

Need's more animations, and needs to me smoother. But the backend code works atleast, so this could be really awesome.

.... doing too much.
Just I will stick to a PC or smartphone. You dont need to make banking fun its just silly. I liked the part at the end of the video where the guy had to check his smartphone to look over what he has just done with the Kinect app. What's next, an Tax form app for kinect? Doing taxes should be fun right?

Yup nothing like having your personal finances up on a big TV while your jumping up and down to pay bills. Let's make bill paying a little more fun. /s

Seriously though, I hope someone I working on a more functional interface to be applied to a broad spectrum of applications including (but not limited to) photo manipulation a'la MS Surface, productivity (think Minority Report), etc. Having an interface where there's a giant screen and multiple people could do simultaneous distinctly separate activities such as two or three people all working on various photos or movies would be cool.

Wow and towards the end the guy pulls out his mobile and shows how much easier it is than using the big hand movements kinect requires!

it should work with a flick of a wrist or fingers.. looks like you could hurt your kid if he comes at the wrong time

Isn't the point of technology to make things more simple and quicker? Nothing about this does that. It is just, look what you can do tech.
And can we blame the dog now for a overdraft?

witbyt said,
Abiet different, but that's what kinect is going for! I like the idea of on the couch banking with an Xbox

just dont slip and cancel an account or something! it would be great for consumption of documents

I prefer the idea of being totally dedicated and concentrated to the task when i'm playing with my money.

Mouse and a not too much comfortable chair is good for that.

Arpit said,
i wonder if this will be helpful for disabled/handicapped folks.

Like those without arms? lol. sorry couldn't resist