At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford, among many car companies are revealing and showing off their next generation vehicles. Amidst all the hot rods, the Kinect makes a somewhat undercover appearance at the Ford booth as part of an interactive display installation.
Although Ford didn’t use the Kinect to its full potential — it’s only function appears to be to take a photo where the rest of the interaction is still touch-based, the reason they used a Kinect instead of a normal webcam seems to be because the photo they take of a person has the background substituted for a waterfall — easily possible with Kinect’s depth sensors and people-identifying algorithms. The picture is then turned into a puzzle for users to solve.
What’s interesting is that this might be one of the first examples of Kinect used outside of its official gaming functionality in a public manner.
General Motors, is also at the show with a Kinect and the Joyride game which features the Chevrolet Volt.