Microsoft adds Kinect support for NetflixWritten by Arneh on April 14, 2011 - 08:29AM
Microsoft today released an update for the Xbox 360 which brings Kinect support for the popular Netflix application. Users will be prompted to upgrade the next time they start up Netflix.
As <a href="http://majornelson.com/2011/04/14/kinect-support-for-netflix">reported</a> by Major Nelson, Kinect for <a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Live/Netflix/Home">Netflix</a> will allow voice or gesture control of the Netflix interface to select any content. Playback, fast forward, rewind are all supported under the update. Kinect support also adds a new exclusive recommendation channel which provides suggestions for movies or TV shows based on past viewing habits.
With the <a href="http://www.winbeta.org/?q=news/microsoft-highlights-silverlight-kinect-w... release</a> of the Kinect for Windows SDK and the popularity of Kinect for Xbox 360, Microsoft have a unique opportunity to provide innovative features with gesture based technology in a market that currently lacks any serious competitors. Microsoft went through a series of <a href="http://www.winbeta.org/?q=news/kinect-demos-mix11">Kinect demos at MIX11</a> showcasing the Worldwide Telescope and developing applications for Kinect.
Engadget <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/14/netflix-for-xbox-360-updated-with-kin... the following short video running through some of the features of Kinect for Netflix:
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