Microsoft Wants Kinect To Make You Lazier With the Kinect Chair
The Big Three like to promote their motion controllers as ways to get you off the damn couch and into some, like, physical activity for once in your life, you lazy bum. (They’ve been talking directly to me, because my couch is my office.) However, things have apparently changed, at least for Microsoft. In their never-ending quest to find sanctioned somethings for all those Kinect owners to do with the thing aside from use it to pause movies they don’t buy from the Zune Marketplace*, they’ve created a comfy recliner that can be controlled using Kinect. I’d like to see if the chair is Dance Central-compatible.
They demoed this endlessly ridiculous thing at MIX11, with the point being that “HEY LOOK WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THE NEW KINECT SDK WE’RE GOING TO RELEASE SOON. YOU CAN MAKE YOUR KINECT DO THIS USING C++ OR VB.” I, for one, am excited about THAT particular development, since C++ is the only programming language I know and there’s never been any reason to use it because everybody uses Java now and I’m past the point in my life where I can learn new things. Or at least I thought everybody used Java now, anyway.
I wonder if I can make a Kinect-powered text-based adventure game. That’s really all I’d be good for.