Microsoft recently announced plans to release a software development kit (SDK) for the Kinect. This should allow academics and enthusiasts to find new ways to connect the motion-sensing Xbox hardware to other platforms, such as desktop and laptop computers, much more easily. In short, there should be many more Kinect hacks to come.
I’m still not sure how this would directly apply to classroom teaching, although it stands to reason that these applications could someday replace physical interactive whiteboards in the same way that Kinect was originally designed to replace physical videogame controllers for the Xbox.
For more, see my previous post on Kinect Hacks and below for some new examples of how Kinect is being used in new and exciting ways.
Control Windows 7
The touchless multitouch is really nice. Mice are so 2008.
3D Tetris with Face Tracking
As the user moves his head, the perspective on the screen changes to match so that the 3D perspective is constantly updated.
A wooden stick becomes a lightsaber in real time. This would save hours of frame-by-frame editing.
After Kinect scans your body, use your scroll wheel to expand or contract the surface.
Use Kinect attached to a bunch of dimmers to control Christmas lights for a very nice effect.
The 3D capability of connect makes it perfect for a robot that navigates three-dimensional space.