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How ‘gesture technology’ like Microsoft Kinect will change the way we live

Here’s a term you may not have heard yet — but we can just about guarantee that you will. It’s called “gesture technology” — using our body movements to control a computer. No keyboard, no mouse. It may represent a major leap in how we will communicate in the digital world. It might sound like just another way to sell gaming devices, but this story is about how gaming technology is being used to change the way we live.

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  • Jourdan Cameron

    I REALLY loved that segment, that was awesome! You guys didn’t show us hackers as credit card stealing criminals, you displayed us as proud tinkerers, innovators and scientists, great work!

  • Kuntur2k

    Great segment! I think if Gates has his business brilliance still working for MS, he will exploit this other gold vein that will take MS beyond MS Office. The trend reminds me of the time Microsoft allowed people to pirate MS-DOS until it became a virtual monopoly, then MS cracked down on users.

    Nevertheless, gesture technology as introduced by this wonderful segment has a really big potential.

  • Cal

    Thank you PBS for this and being able to showcase the everyday people that are breaking down the pieces of this wondrous technology! The technology has opened a box, a box full of ideas that will carry into our future. The gaming aspect of this technology is ground breaking, but in the overall view of things, the future of family households as well as doctors offices and the military may put this type of technology to good use. I am quite excited about the future because of the innovation of this gaming device that scans your movements. This one piece of Microsoft technology which retails for about 129.00 is going to change the future!

  • CJ Floyd

    Suggest that hacks and hackers remain the term for thieves who break in and steal.
    Repurps is a much better term for people who re-purpose applications.
    Too many of us have associated hackers and hacking with those who choose to surreptitiously access information to steal or disrupt.
    The hacker here admit they are actually trying to find new ways to use, to “re-purpose” as one said. Better we should label them, not as hackers working clandestinely to destroy, but openly to give new purpose. Label the repurps. Label what they are doing as re-purposing.

  • Moleculo

    Having the video in Flash format is really forward thinking. Way to go guys.

    BTW, that was sarcasm.

  • Techie

    What’s wrong with flash? You on an iPhone? Cuz it’s not very forward thinking of Apple to exclude flash, despite the BS Steve Jobs tries to sell on why they didn’t add flash support.

  • FifaFrancesco

    I hate Flash. HTML5 is the way to go, it’s far more secure, stable & efficient.

    Great segment BTW.

  • Sandrita

    As news reports spotlight the dangers of cellphone radiation-which just affects the head area-what is happening to our bodies as we use this technology? If no scientific studies have been done, shouldn’t we get on it?

  • Terry Pippos

    this is really so      

    Like a war bot to clean the  battlefield!    Microser own all this stuff and all ways wants you toi develkpope it for your learng and fun and their profit. And that is  cool American and making money when it does’nt figurure that any company could or might or should!!
      stupid  stuff aand why the english upper class accent?