When Microsoft launched Kinect for Xbox 360 a year and a half ago, our initial focus was controller-free games and entertainment. Once only the stuff of science fiction, Kinect became a phenomenon across the globe.
Within the first 60 days, Kinect sold more than 8 million sensors, setting the Guinness Book World Record as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. It extended the realm of what’s possible for a traditional gaming console and changed the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, bringing new categories of consumers to Xbox 360.
What’s more important is the enthusiasm from the community to create exciting and creative applications in the areas of healthcare, rehab, education and so much more with the Kinect other than in the gaming industry.
That’s why we’re excited to have Rob Miles talk to us about the Kinect and the inifinite possibilities it brings for us.
Rob is a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Hull in Great Britain where he teaches C# programming, Software Engineering and Embedded Development. He is also a Windows Phone MVP and has presented at many Microsoft conferences including TechED and Mix as well as delivering Windows Phone Jumpstart content to many thousands of budding Windows Phone developers.
He is the author of a number of books on XNA game development and a text on the .NET Micro Framework and is just finishing off a book about development using the Kinect sensor. He has been fascinated by computers since the days of punched cards when he wrote his first programs, although nowadays he prefers Visual Studio 2010. He is a keen blogger at www.robmiles.com and can be found on Twitter as RobMiles.
See you on Friday everyone!