During the MIX conference in April 2011 in Las Vegas, Microsoft has (accidently?) mentioned they might publish the official Kinect SDK as OpenSource.This is great news, although there already is an open source alternative: the OpenKinect movement has several samples of open source initiatives available.
Read the blogpost by Joshua Blake for more details.
Nevertheless, the whole thing has started me thinking about using Kinect as an alternative to more traditional means of getting user input. Of course, not all applications are suitable for rewriting so that they use hand gestures, but some of them might be. And I think it would be a lot of fun to develop applications using Kinect. The first try (a fingerpaint application) has already proven to be a success for my 8 year old daughter and her friends…
Could Kinect be the poor mans version of Surface? Well, it does have potential! So stay tuned for more!
Update: Apparently Microsoft now says it’s not going to happen. Read about that at ZDNet. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see!