Thoughts on Kinect and virtual conferences
Steve Clayton’s blog post Is Avatar Kinect the Star Trek Holodeck in beta? has got me thinking about where Kinect will pop up in the future. Steve had the following thought:
I’m wondering if I can start using the newsroom set that is included to broadcast What’s Next News with my Avatar
This got my mind whirring and for some reason I casted it back to Microsoft’s recent PDC 2011 conference which was streamed live over the web. By all accounts this was a pretty successful endeavour so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen again and if/when it does I wonder whether people will ever be able to “attend” sessions virtually using Kinect? I have this image in my head of a presenter standing in a sparsely populated lecture theatre talking not only to other people in the room but also to thousands of Kinect avatars all of whom can interact – they could ask questions, change their viewing angle, perhaps even glance around the room, just as easily as if they were attending in person.
There could even be a business model here for an organisation that wants to run their own virtual seminars upon Kinect and XBox Live.
Too far fetched? Let me know what you think!