Microsoft Digits: Could this be Kinect 2.0?
Microsoft Digits is a new device by the Xbox maker that we could see in the next generation Xbox. Microsoft Digits is a “Freehand 3D Computer Interaction Without Gloves. Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming.”
Don’t get understand it? Well watch this video below and watch as one player uses this wrist sensor to control an Xbox 360 game.
My mind was just blown. This is the first I’ve seen this device so it is a huge surprise to me. If Microsoft chose to ever implement this in their Xbox gaming division they could have a hit on their hands. If Microsoft combined this with a Kinect sensor they could have one amazing combination. This may be a small preview of their plans for Kinect 2.0.
Though I doubt they’d reveal all of the next generation Kinect this way so even if this wrist sensor is used in combination with a new Kinect I’d wager they are saving some surprises for the camera portion of this potential combo for a later date.
Gamers tired of motion controllers will roll their eyes at this but I believe it could serve a great purpose in gaming if used properly.
This seems like the evolution of the power glove. Users could fire a gun on screen at enemies by simply pointing their finger and going phew! Okay, I don’t think they’d actually have to say phew. Microsoft says this device could also provide 3D interaction with tablets.
Microsoft hasn’t announced any plans to use this for gaming, but as you can see from the video they are thinking about it at the very least.
What do you think? Does this look appealing to you? Tired of motion controlled games? Leave a comment below!