Kinect Gaming System May Have Accessibility Ups and Downs

Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 is a gaming system operated entirely by gestures and voice commands; no button presses are required. The system asks each user to emulate specific physical positions and sets up a user-specific profile based on the results. Because of the height and body orientation defaults for this calibration process, some wheelchair users have reported that the system does not yet work well for them. However, some users with impaired dexterity may appreciate not having to hold a controller or press buttons; there are also reports that Kinect's intuitive interface is well-suited for children with autism.

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