I see the next Kinect sensor as more of a home entertainment assistant than something purely related to gaming. That said, Microsoft seems to be shiping out early copies to devs in an attempt to gain an edge over SONY. Smooth move, but then again, we don't know if SONY has already done the same with PS4.
I heard Kinect takes control over your home entertainment preferences. If Kinect detects that there's more than a certain number of people in a room, it will refuse to play a movie. These kind of gestures, at best, seem bothersome to me.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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