BBC iPlayer Gesture Support Via Kinect

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Armed with some of the proceeds from our license fee (that’s the GBP 145.50 each British household pays for the privilege of receiving any colour television signal) is it any wonder that the BBC can continue to innovate with the iPlayer?

Mind you, what is interesting with the BBC iPlayer recently launched on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE platform is its support for hand gestures and voice recognition via Kinect.

Daniel Danker, BBC General Manager, Programmes & On-Demand, said “As we continue our work to make BBC iPlayer as simple as possible, we’re also excited to experiment with natural user interfaces made possible with Kinect, including voice and gesture control. We believe it’s early days for these experiences, but see a great future working with partners such as Microsoft on innovations like these.”

There’s a lot of inovation here and we sure could do with some more of it in the digital signage world but then our industry doesn’t have an annual state funded guaranteed income stream does it?

I am a lone voice I believe in resenting the funding of such technological innovation that is hardly core or central to the tenet of BBC Programming (how the BBC Trust can see otherwise is beyond) me but I digress.

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