“Next big thing,” from Kinect will come as developers gain more experience with it, says Tsunoda

By Stephany Nunneley
19 May 2012 16:15 GMT

Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda has said the “evolution of existing features as well as the invention of new ones,” from Kinect will come from its current model and not Kinect 2, as developers become more experienced using current tech.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Tsunoda said “the next big thing,” will come as developers “get better and better at working with Kinect.”

“I think that waiting for the next big thing isn’t about waiting for the Kinect 2,” he said. “It’s more about all the great invention that can be done in software without having to go out and spend money on a new device.

“I think right now we’re in an area where you’re going to start seeing some amazing Kinect experiences based on things like using voice or using full body or using identity. And then I think going forward you’re going to see a lot more people really blending all of the different features of Kinect together to build some really rich and immersive new types of experiences.

“I think that’s why you see Kinect branching off into all different genres of games now. It’s because developers are able to do more with the technology as they’ve become more experienced in working with it.”

“It’s not where you have to wait for Kinect 2 for something to be different as much as the more that we’re able to play with Kinect and update Kinect over time, all of the capabilities in all different types of scenarios, we’re going to keep pushing.”

Tsunoda has talked previously on the possibility of future Kinect tech being able to sense tone of voice and and body stance.

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