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.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.