Microsoft engineers have finally got the device to recognise if your hand is open or closed, in turn allowing it to respond to gestures that you might use on a multitouch trackpad. It’s incredibly fine-grained detail from a cheap piece of kit.
Still, that makes the fact that gestures like pinch-to-zoom are now useable via Kinect all the more impressive. It’s not 100 per cent clear if this uses the old or — rumoured — new device, nor when it might make it out into the wild, but it’s nice to know that it’s possible and waiting for us. [YouTube via Engadget]