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Ford and General Motors Uses Kinect Sensor for Interactive Digital Display, and Joyride Game Respectively

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.

Fore Kinect

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.

Kinect Volt

General Motors, is also at the show with a Kinect and the Joyride game which features the Chevrolet Volt.


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