The Kinect SDK (KDK) announcement is just few weeks behind us now and we're beginning to see some interesting projects pop up courtsey "Kinect Hacking Challenge in Sydney."
"About 100 developers from around Australia converged on Sydney last weekend. Their challenge: Create fun new ways to exploit the Xbox's gesture controller - or build a new Windows Phone 7 Mango app from scratch."
It was also interesting to learn from the article that Johnny Chung Lee was the person behind the initial charge to build software drivers for the Kinect. Johnny, once in Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group, and now at Google was involved in some of the development. In the Wired article title "Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics," he shied away from any credit for the creativity we're seeing with Kinect, saying "What matters is having such an interesting new device embraced by so many smart people and having the fruits of that labor embraced by the company that created it." Lee smiles. "I think it paints a bright future."
His recent session at the WIRED Business Conference in New York showed us just how bright things are becoming…and we're just at the beginning.