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7/13/2011 11:08 AM EDT
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LarryM99
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LarryM99   7/13/2011 1:10:55 PM
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This is going to add a lot of interest to the Robotics Developer Studio. A reasonably complete vision subsystem adds a major amount of capability to the software. Is this the catalyst needed to change it into a tool for developing serious applications instead of interesting toys? Larry M.

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Tunrayo   7/13/2011 5:55:38 PM
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Hopefully. I can imagine there will be a lot of useful applications possible with this technology. Perhaps it can help in mining - thereby reducing the loss of lives.

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agk   7/13/2011 1:29:48 PM
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Kinect hands free hardware by microsoft robotics intended for gesture control of its Xbox gaming console directly into any robot with the Robotics Developer Studio with a 3D simulator will make it easy to develope applications very fast.

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Tunrayo   7/13/2011 5:52:59 PM
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It's great to have SDKs and standard APIs; it means applications can be developed faster. However, I am disappointed that users will be prohibited from developing commercial applications. This restriction will stifle innovation and productivity.

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Robotics Developer   7/13/2011 1:38:46 PM
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This has been a long time in coming! Glad to see Microsoft starting to expand the Kinect into the natural space it was destined to play in. I wonder if they would release a version that works with Linux? :})

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selinz   7/13/2011 2:56:36 PM
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Interesting stuff. The trick will be to find a consumer application outside of the gaming world..

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Duane Benson   7/13/2011 3:28:35 PM
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I don't understand the prohibition from making commercial products with this. Sure, hobbyists can have fun, but it seems to me that there's a lot of real commercial potential here. Can anyone shed some light on that restriction? Does MS have a separate commercial licensing program?

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R_Colin_Johnson   7/13/2011 8:38:41 PM
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Later this year Microsoft will announce its own 3D imaging technology that it acquired from Canesta last year. This will be a single chip, owned by Microsoft, that does everything that Kinect does. Kinect is NOT Microsoft's technology, but just licensed from PrimeSense. This is probably behind the non-commercial prohibition. If you want to go commercial, contact Microsoft about its forthcoming single-chip solution.

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chanj0   7/13/2011 3:49:13 PM
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The move will surely enable wider application. I find the downsizing of Kinect (I can't believe I love downsizing.) being exciting. If a Windows Mobile enabled smartphone can do what Kinect can, who knows what's going to happen to Microsoft-Nokia alliance.

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Patk0317   7/13/2011 8:25:44 PM
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I think this will be really popular in the universities. Kinect by itself is already being hacked in the schools and the reason iRobot came out with the create was due to school interest.

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Luis Sanchez   7/13/2011 8:59:19 PM
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For comercial apps... how about a sign language interpreter/translator.? how about being able to control your phone with touchless gestures. This is opening a whole new line for user interfaces. I think it a good strike MS is making... Apple brought the touch screen interface, MS is bringing the Kinect interface. Is it called 3d gesture controller? Good question, what will happen to the MS-Nokia alliance? Will it rise? I bet use cases are already being designed.

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_hm   7/14/2011 6:16:00 AM
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It will be very interesting to resolve many industrial applications with this new development. I will be interested in remote pipeline inspection with this Robot.

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DrQuine   7/19/2011 2:42:41 PM
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Perhaps this technology could be used to show the irobot with gestures where to retrieve something, where to vacuum (Roomba does a poor job of understanding the layout of a cluttered environment), or even where not to go. It could also be used to model the desired actions at a distance in a hazardous environment.

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