Although it still holds great potential in the home entertainment sphere, Microsoft wants to exploit its potential in other fields, so much so that they hope it will be able to learn entirely new gestures, as opposed to recognising preconfigured ones: they're after endowing the Kinect with artificial intelligence.
In order to make it a reality the company has sponsored a competition on Kaggle, the Australian made website that unites the best world's scientists to solve some of the most difficult problems.
First prize is $10,000, but Microsoft is staking $200,000 on the most promising solution.
Kaggle's founder, Anthony Goldbloom, believes the Kinect is limited by its inability to accurately recognise subtle movements.
"The idea is to extend the Kinect's potential uses from gaming to things like interpreting lip-reading and sign language, as well as determining whether a hospital patient has suddenly taken a bad turn," Goldbloom said.
The Kaggle competition will encourage the development of more precise algorithms that are more capable of finer distinctions.
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Kaggle's president and chief scientist, Jeremy Howard, believes the Kinect could harbour the potential for future technology, with computers hosting interfaces similar to the ones depicted in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report.