The sales for Kinect have been amazing with over 18 million sold in the past year and the device wa also honored to receive a Guinness World Record for the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever.
Since, last year's debut of Kinect for Windows, the device has caught on with a number of commercial businesses including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, advertising & marketing, education and even Power & Utilities! In a new blog post on the Microsoft Power and Utilities blog, the company points out a couple of other ways Kinect is being used by businesses and organizations --
First, in "Power & Utilities," a Microsoft partner Ferranti shows a proof-of-concept where an energy portal using Kinect technology allows the customer to view his energy usage with mere gestures. The MECOMS Smart Home system links a TV with the Kinect device with a user's local utility company. Combined with smart meters set up inside the home, the Kinect app can be used to see if, for example, an electrical appliance is using too much energy and needs to be fixed or replaced.
You can get a look at Ferranti's vision in the following video:
Another, Microsoft partner Bentley, shwoing off a Kinect based 3D model navigation prototype running on MicroStation. Instead of using expensive touch screens for 3D model navigation why not use Kinect for windows? Watch the video below: