Microsoft Is Happy That Smart People Are Having Fun With Kinect

Microsoft has resisted the urge to get upset over smart people playing with their new toy in a way they hadn’t intended, says the NYT.

For example, here’s a video made by a computer scientist who is using the Kinect to make “holographic” video images that look like… well, they look like what happens when I read books about physics and lamely attempt to visualize adding more dimensions to spacetime.

The NYT says he specializes in virtual reality and dropped everything to ride his bike to the nearest game store to get it. His YouTube channel is filled with his ongoing experiments with the device.

The NYT says that after an initial round of “vague threats,” Microsoft was quick to embrace the various smart people.

“Anytime there is engagement and excitement around our technology, we see that as a good thing,” said Craig Davidson, senior director for Xbox Live at Microsoft. “It’s naïve to think that any new technology that comes out won’t have a group that tinkers with it.”

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