I know, I know. It's the most tired reference point in computing. But that doesn't lessen the effect when you actually see gesture-based controls in action. The Kinect may not be sensitive enough to detect individual fingers, but in this early demo, we can see how well it responds to the kinds of multitouch (multi-gesture?) movements we expect. Yeah, it's simple, and the hacker doing the demo almost seems scornful of how basic this kind of photo manipulation is, but it's amazing stuff.
It's highly likely that Microsoft will implement this sort of gesture control into Windows at some point--possibly even in Windows 7, given how mature the gesture-sensing technology is already. It would really liven up PowerPoint presentations, that's for sure.
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