The Kinect motion tracking peripheral from Microsoft might have sold millions of devices, but failed to ignite a true revolution in the world of video games but the tech still has the capability to fundamentally change other fields, like medicine.
Bill Crounse, the senior director for worldwide health at Microsoft, told an audience at the Games for Health Conference in Boston, stated, “I can envision the day when there will be a 'services' tile on that screen, both in Windows and Xbox…that will connect you to a doctor, connect to a plumber, connect to a baker. You can see that the possibility is there.”
Hospitals have already used Kinect to create systems where patient information can be studied and manipulated without requiring doctors who have scrubbed in to actually touch anything and General Electronic has created an imaging solution which also uses the technology.
Rumor has it that a better Kinect tech will be introduced in the next home console from Microsoft.