Evolution of Touch: How We Control Technology

By Cliff Edwards - 2012-03-06T20:47:35Z

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Microsoft Kinect (2010)

Similarly, Kinect, introduced as a peripheral to the Xbox 360, gave players hands-free control of the Microsoft gaming console. The device uses 3-D motion capture, voice input and facial recognition. The technology isn't just about fun and games, though. In 2011, the company released a software development kit that allowed researchers in Seattle to explore how Kinect can give surgeons a virtual sense of touch during remote surgical procedures.