6 thoughts on “Kinect and the Power of Big Broadband”

  1. Thankfully Microsoft is realizing the potential of these efforts beyond Xbox and refraining from C&D letters for using Kinect beyond gaming–showing the need for larger pipes is just one of the benefits.

  2. A lot of focus (and maybe rightly so) is on getting mobile speeds to reach the speed of DSL and Cable. Technologies like these, at some point in the future, will hopefully drive new investments in big broadband. At this point, the fastest DSL available to me chokes with two incoming video streams (Netflix and ESPN3).

  3. It’s kinnected via a USB cable, and the theoretical bandwidth of USB 2.0 is only 60MB/s, so I’m not sure how they generate 1.5GB/s of sensor data.

    I agree though that the kinect is totally awesome and it opens up so many possibilities. For now I don’t see how it would require any more bandwidth because it’s synthesizing 3-D models from 2-D sensors, and the 2-D sensor generates as much data as video. Future generations may well produce 3 dimensions of sensor data for better accuracy though, and that will surely require a fatter pipe.

  4. om,
    my argument is that innovation follows bandwidth, new creations, apps, opportunities, emerge with bandwidth growth.
    however, the carriers want to tax broadband and restrict it’s use, rather than innovate, blow out huge pipes, FTTH, and actually add value to their products, they just make America less competitive… operationally.. if they want to be a utility, then they should be restricted in their rights, as one….. this is a corollary of net neutrality, the citizens own the bandwidth, but the gov grants licenses which don’t mandate protecting the interests of the common good….. what good is LTE if caps are locked in everywhere.. just saying….

  5. For the millions of people who use the 240 million copies of, just, Windows 7 sold, Redmond-based products make much of an impact in their daily lives. What’s a Mac?

  6. Marrying internet with kinect is very valid and will be seen more in the coming year or so. I feel that instead of going straight to video based products there are other ways where dedicated b/w can be used for remote gesture-interaction based applications. Not to mention markets for these applications. I believe its more about which technology is disruptive, starts small, innovates and scales up to calibrate itself withing the boundaries of the broadband that could be a game changer.

    The question is, who’s willing to put their money on it

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