More Kinect coolness: Business collaboration and home automation hacks

Microsoft plans to soon release a software development kit allowing hobbyists and academics to build applications for its Kinect motion sensor on Windows 7 machines. But many developers aren’t waiting for its release.

The business collaboration application above was created by Redmond-based business intelligence firm Extended Results Inc. as a conceptual demo for the MIT Sports Analytics Conference last week. The company’s president, Patrick Husting, says via email that the demo was created with Visual Studio 2010, C#/Windows Presentation Foundation, data from ESPN, a Lenovo 410S laptop, and “lots of creative juices (Red Bull and coffee).”

The system was built using open-source drivers, rewritten for the needs of the application, but the company made it in such a way that the Microsoft drivers can be used once the SDK comes out. Extended Results works in close collaboration with Microsoft on many of its projects, so this is likely to get the company’s attention.

Meanwhile, Business Insider spotted this video of a home automation system that uses Kinect to control the lights inside a house, by sensing where the person is in the room, and turning the lights on and off based on that.