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Kinected Browser Lets You Flick Through Websites 46

mikejuk writes "The Kinect is well supported by a good and evolving SDK on the desktop, but until now using it in a browser wasn't easy. Now Microsoft Research has a free JavaScript API, Kinected Browser, that lets you integrate the Kinect with HTML. The bad news is that it only works on Windows 7 and 8 and in desktop mode only. In addition the browser has to be IE9 or IE 10. The good news is that more programmers know how to do HTML5 graphics than know how to work with DirectX or .NET. As a result this could lead to another burst of innovative Kinect applications."
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Kinected Browser Lets You Flick Through Websites

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  • I can flick through websites using the scroll wheel with minimal effort. I don't feel like waving my hands to do common tasks.
    • This is what I think every time someone shows off a Minority Report style interface.
    • And mouse gesturing has been a feature of, at least, the Opera browser some time.

      • by Luckyo ( 1726890 )

        Add-ons for it existed in firefox for ages as well, mostly mimicking opera functionality and adding stuff on top of it.

        It's not that popular of a feature though, mostly because mouse with point and click is just that good of a controller scheme. It allows minimal motion to control wide variety of input.

    • I can flick through websites using the scroll wheel with minimal effort.

      If you look through the naysayer messages here, they all say the same thing: "I don't need it, therefore it shouldn't exist."

      This is not meant to replace the mouse, but can be used where a mouse is the inferior interface. My aunt finds it difficult and painful to use a mouse these days due to here worsening arthritis. She would gladly try any new interface that means she doesn't have to grip a mouse.

      Surgeons are trying out the Kinect to use computers during operations. A presenter could control a projected

    • by donaldm ( 919619 )

      I can flick through websites using the scroll wheel with minimal effort. I don't feel like waving my hands to do common tasks.

      Oh but you can talk as well. I suppose this would work at home but in the Office? I think it won't be long before signs saying "shush!" are common otherwise few people could get any work done. Now a telepathic interface would be more useful except for the migrains :)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    How is the browser going to know when I need to switch hands, and use my other one for .... navigating.

    • by HtR ( 240250 )

      Well, I believe the Kinect has a microphone. Perhaps it will KNOW by looking for certain ... vocalizations.

  • And once again, porn gets even better.
  • The bad news is that you are going to die, no matter what. The good news is that if you survive (no chance) you can have as much cake as you want!

  • The video in TFA looked like control was incredibly arduous, the only thing I would be interested in would be scrolling or zooming. But, considering I would like to be able to type at the same time (In order to search for words, for example) it would be more impractical than a keyboard/mouse combo.
  • by ciderbrew ( 1860166 ) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @11:45AM (#41991905)
    I bet It just scrolls up and down really fast on you porn
  • A company called Zigfu ( with five employees, has a plugin that lets Any browser work with the Kinect (through Javascript). I wonder why Monstersoft can't accomplish the same level of performance.
  • by Sloppy ( 14984 )

    "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." - Ian Malcolm

    I get why people do maybe-foolish things, when the envisioned result is something cool like dinosaurs. Why do people do things when the best-case scenario is something, which is orders of magnitude lamer than the status quo?

    Guys, we already have MICE. WTF is the point of using a kinect for a job like this? Are you saying some day you'll get it perceiving precisely enough that it'll

  • I was really excited to see the Xbox was adding a browser: We're cutting cable and the only were were going to miss were some shows on channels like Discovery. Figured I would stick a network-connected, cheap HTPC to the TV so we could surf, etc. for the episodes that they put online. Only thing is, didn't want to spend cash to build the thing. New patch adds a browser? Cool. No need to stick another device on the network. But it doesn't support Flash which means it doesn't let us stream most
  • by tgd ( 2822 )

    The website I was looking at kept scrolling up and down... and up and down... and up and down... oh wait, um... nevermind.

  • ....if the Javascript API is able to be implemented in future versions of other browsers. Otherwise it's really just a gimmick. Vendor lock-in doesn't really work in the browser world anymore, like it did with the older versions of IE.

    Developers are going to want something that works in all major browsers, to get the biggest possible target audience....hence we have things like HTML & CSS standards and javascript frameworks (to handle the deficiencies / differences behind the scenes) that give a certa

  • my wishes would be:
    1.) make a really good and fast SLAM programm on windows I don't have to compile myself (like [] ) and extract a real 3d model (extract, convert and compress the point cloud to textured 3d).
    2.) while beeing on this job it would be really nice to have a drag-and-drop photogrammetrie application without uploading all my pics to autodesks 123catch or microsofts photosynth.

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