Users will be able to interact with their Xbox using a WP7 phone through Kinect.
‘Three screens and a cloud’ – a phrase Microsoft has been oft repeating these days. The screens presents the home TV, laptop and the smartphone – all coming together, synced and working in tandem, cementing a continuous workflow. Microsoft is busy working to get that level of integration with their devices, and a part of the seamless connection may also cross over to the Xbox.
A Microsoft employee told Neowin that the company is looking into ways to use Kinect with Windows Phone 7, enabling direct access to some of the Xbox features via the phone.
“The idea was discussed that a WP7 device’s screen could be recognized by a Kinect to share data, initiate an action (think show a game on the WP7 and have the Kinect recognize the image and pull up the game in the marketplace on the console) and possible real-time chat interaction.”
The employee also indicated that the newly announced Avatar Kinect platform could be used to tie in both the device, and also suggested that Kinect sensors could be used within the phone to fill any gap with real-time Avatar interaction and movement.