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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

February 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Video: Windows Phone with Xbox Kinect demo

This may be the most exciting Windows Phone 7 development announced today by Microsoft at Mobile World Congress — a demo of WP7 phones connected to an Xbox Kinect game.

I wasn’t there for Steve Ballmer’s keynote but everything else — Twitter, cut-and-paste, IE9, Office in the cloud — was previously announced or unsurprising. Or maybe it all just seems anticlimactic after the Nokia partnership announced Friday.

Microsoft’s isn’t yet bringing Kinect motion sensing to the phone. Instead, it’s taking player input from the phone and adding it to a Kinect game, turning the phone into an auxiliary controller.

When I asked the company when this sort of thing may come to market, a spokesman provided the following statement:

“The technology shown in the video is real and is an example of the types of experiences we’ll be bringing to market. We remain committed to building a network that connects you to your friends and entertainment in innovative ways. This is just one example of what’s possible as we explore new ways to interact with our technology. At this time, we aren’t discussing specific experiences we’ll be offering or a product timeline, but we look forward to sharing more in the future.”

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