It’s a Friday night and you feel like watching a movie at home. You order a flick from your XboxOne. The unit asks how many people will be watching – you say “two”. At some point during the movie, another person enters the room. With the room scanning Kinect technology, Xbox scans the room and detects another person. You automatically get charged for a third person. I understand this will actually “learn” individual people and if someone new enters the room during a gaming session, Kinect will stop and ask the identity of the new person. Once added, the game will continue. These scenarios are mind blowing. The potential here for good and bad is limitless.
For financial institutions, there are numerous security applications – alerting police when certain body movements (people hitting the deck) may indicate a possible robbery is taking place. Facial recognition for payment authentication on smartphones…the sky is the limit.
Cool? Yes. Creepy? Definitely. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a machine “looking” at me in my home. How far can it go? Will hackers be able to “see” into our living rooms? This takes Big Data to a new level. I would love to hear from you on this. Does this creep you out, or are the video games worth the privacy sacrifice? I’ll be following this story, and report back on any new developments.
To read more about this new technology, check out this article.