Thanks to Microsoft, Tom Cruise will have more to do than jump on the couch.
We've talked about Minority Report before, and how people like John Underkoffler are making the film's trademark gesture-control interface a reality. Well Underkoffler's own G-Speak might get overtaken in the race to build the first marketable hand-waving UI, as other engineers are building their own Minority Report UI's from hacked Microsoft Kinects.
This particular effort is a collaboration between MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), using robotics lab Willow Garage's open-source operating system, ROS. Unlike G-Speak, this Minority Kinect doesn't need gloves, since it recognizes gestures from its ROS' Point Cloud Library (PCL).