Microsoft to launch Kinect for Windows commercial program

A full year has passed since the Xbox’s answer to the Wii started to make people wave their arms around the room without a controller. Now it would appear that Microsoft’s new motion technology is not going to be restricted to just games, as Kinect is looking to transform itself into a business tool.

Dubbed “The Kinect Effect”, the news of its capability within several different industries was announced for its one year anniversary.

“People were inspired,” says the announcement. “Six months ago, a diverse group of hobbyists and academics from around the world embraced the possibilities of Kinect. In a wave of creativity, they downloaded the Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK and began developing creative applications and innovative uses in healthcare, education, art and so much more. Microsoft has recognized this phenomenon as ‘The Kinect Effect.'”

Various companies including Toyota, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Razorfish have started to explore the potential of Kinect as a way to improve their operations. Once again, it’s one giant leap into the future of human user interface. Hopefully.