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Invisible Instruments, Courtesy of Kinect

The most difficult part of playing an instrument (after learning how to play it) can be dragging your instrument around to your next concert or band gig.  But if one of Microsoft’s recent patent applications is granted, future instruments may look strangely like your gaming console – because they are your gaming console.

The free-space gesture controller for MIDI interface described by the patent application turns “human gestures into musical actions.”  In this no-instrument required system, a depth camera (similar to the Kinect) observes individual movements that are mapped to specific notes.

And if playing an invisible instrument through your gaming console isn’t impressive enough, Microsoft has also filed an application for a Kinect system that determines your emotional state and providing you with appropriate advertisements.  To see more of Microsoft’s Kinect-enabled vision for the future, the company’s Kinect Effect ad shows invisible instruments and more in action.

(Via Engadget; Image via Microsoft)

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