Microsoft’s Tsunoda Says Kinect Is From the Future, and so Nobody Can Copy It

Kinect designer Kudo Tsunoda (pictured) to Eurogamer: “We have a good advantage at Microsoft because we have groups like our Microsoft Research department that not a lot of other companies have, and we’re able to solve some super-complicated technical problems in a short period of time.”

Well, yeah. I mean, you guys invented time travel.

More: “I think it’s going to be super-challenging for anybody else to solve those problems.”

The catch is that folks are going to be hard at work reverse engineering the thing as soon as they can get a hold of one. Of course, since the technology is from the future, it may end up being like the [NERD ALERT!] British engineers in Harry Turtledove’s WorldWar series trying to figure out how the alien tanks work. It was so outside their realm of understanding that couldn’t do much but figure out how to use it, and it was years before they could make their own versions of it.

I s’pose that’s what Tsunoda is counting on. To the future!

I am very proud of myself for not making any obvious and unfunny Back to the Future references in this post.

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1 Comment on Microsoft’s Tsunoda Says Kinect Is From the Future, and so Nobody Can Copy It


On September 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

This guy looks like a drug addict in the picture. Lay off the coke and other drugs, and you just might then actually make some sense to the rest of the world.