Can You Learn to Bowl Using Kinect?


Learning to hone your bowling skills in your own living room, is that even possible? Well, it may be soon, and the systems are getting so powerful, and so accurate, that one might actually learn better bowling techniques in their living room than out at the bowling alley. Let me explain one of the new technologies which seems to be getting better every year.

Microsoft research gave just a brilliant presentation this year during the All Things Digital Conference in 2011, however they didn’t quite get the publicity they deserved, having been over-shadowed by Apple and upstaged again by the tech guru extraordinaire Steve Jobs. Still, it appears to me that the R and D group at Microsoft are heads and shoulders ahead of all other competitors when it comes to augmented reality gaming. But, let me explain.

You see, things are becoming so real, that a gamer could actually refine their skills and master a sport in their living room without going anywhere, and then with those improved skills go out and perform better than those who had practiced in real life. I’d like to give the example of bowling, mostly because I read an article that showed the use of Kinect for honing skills and bowling in your living room, and being scored based on technique.

Indeed, there was an interesting article recently in Fast Company Magazine titled; “More Machine than Man Now? Xbox Pushes Kinect’s Gesturing Gameplay To New Level” by Gregory Ferenstein posted on June 7, 2011. The article stated;

“Humans were not meant to experience the exhilaration of life-threatening action while slumped on a couch covered in Doritos crumbs. Celebrity voice-overs and cinema story lines are drops in a shallow pool of experience without raw physiological emotion. From recognizing the trigger-pulling motion of a single finger to activating Jedi powers through a push of the hands, Microsoft has taken a leap forward toward a more visceral gaming experience with enhanced gestural commands that control avatars with intuitive, life-like movements.”

In bowling your approach before you release the ball is paramount, therefore the techniques you use must be accurate, and developed into a reflex like action, much like golfing. That’s not easy to do when you’re sliding down a runway trying to keep your body properly aligned swinging a 16 pound ball, but that’s what’s required. It is very important to get down the motion and alignment of your body first and foremost. Kinect turns out to be the perfect way to do just that. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Source by Lance Winslow

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