Quite a few companies have been making and using applications that are based on Microsoft's Kinect for Windows technology since it was officially released in February. One of them is the car maker Nissan who has been using the motion gesture product to help demo the 2013 edition of the Nissan Pathfinder SUV.
In a new post on the official Kinect for Windows blog, Microsoft talks about how Nissan, along with software creators IdentityMine, came up with the idea of making a software program that would allow car buyers to go ahead and see the new Pathfinder model in Nissan dealerships several months before the car itself is released.
Now, shoppers who approach the Kinect-based showroom are guided through an array of natural movements—such as extending their hands, stepping forward and back, and leaning from side to side—to activate hotspots on the Pathfinder model, allowing them to inspect the car inside and out.
The article also says that while Nissan provided the CAD files for the Pathfinder that were needed for the Kinect application, the files needed to be revamped in order to work on a real-time software engine. The Kinect Pathfinder demo is currently being tested in 16 Nissan dealerships in the US and could be expanded to more dealerships in the future.
Source: Kinect for Windows blog