Kinect is having a hard time revolutionising games, but its potential as a PC controller is nothing short of remarkable. To this end, The Financial Times reports that Microsoft will embracing this unprecedented new market with an SDK designed specifically for business users, which will be available from next year. Apparently Kinect is already hard at work in operating theatres; allowing surgeons to browse through patient records without having to touch non-sterile surfaces. More consumer-driven applications are also in the pipeline, with car companies such as Toyota experimenting with virtual showrooms and interactive advertising.
Kinect's power and incredibly low price point (a hundred quid compared to thousands for most industrial depth sensors) means that it has untapped potential beyond videogames - not to mention its basic video conferencing functionality. Could the black bar become a staple of the workplace? All we know is that it could use a few more major games before it becomes a staple of the living room.