Microsoft Kinect heading to Windows Phone 8?
Reports suggest that Windows Phone 8 devices could use Microsoft Kinect technology to deliver new experiences and options to smartphone users. Gesture controls on a device the size of a smartphone? It could happen. The big question is do we really need such a thing? Here’s what Kinect on Windows Phone 8 could bring.
Originally intended for hands-free video games, Microsoft Kinect is being tipped to deliver new smartphone experiences to the new Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Using Kinect, the new breed of Windows 8 Phone devices would offer new gesture recognition and the kind of vocal commands we’re gradually getting used to using in our home cinema set-ups. Theoretically a Windows Phone 8 device would be able to detect shakes and twists in order to perform a function.
And with Kinect’s voice recognition software, Windows Phone 8 devices would have in-built voice technology to rival the ‘Siri’ voice recognition features of the Apple iPhone 4S. Kinect’s Natural Use Interface is suggested to be better at interpreting voice commands.
There are plenty of obstacles along the way, mind: like how to fit in all the necessary Kinect components into a smartphone, and how to solve the problem of using these gesture controls in dark lighting. Microsoft Kinect currently suffers performance issues in dimly lit settings.
Infra-red cameras and a daylight-only gesture controls, and voice controls for night time use have been suggested, but for now we must take it all with a pinch of the salty stuff? The next generation of smartphone could be very interesting indeed. We’ll let you know when more concrete developments occur.