Motion And Voice Controls to Dominate CES 2012

By Alastair Stevenson on January 4, 2012, 8:36AM EDT

Industry experts have laid forth their 2012 predictions suggesting this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will see a marked growth in motion and voice controlled gaming.

Stemming from the NDP research firm's blog, the company's Director of Industry Analysis,
Ben Arnold argued that the success of Microsoft's Kinect and Apple's Siri personal assistant would lead to a marked growth of motion and voice control tech.

"With the success of the Microsoft Kinect and Apple's Siri, new ways to interface with CE devices have suddenly become top of mind. Gaming seems like a no-brainer for these technologies," read Arnold's statement.

Looking to the future Arnold went on to argue that the new control methods would expand outside of the world of gaming; "From an accessibility standpoint, voice and motion control could also help disabled consumers use a wider range of products. I expect several companies to exhibit products using some of these new interface methods in an effort to differentiate themselves," commented Arnold.

Since the report was issued, analysts have been quick to note Arnold's predictions are not without merit. Microsoft recently released the Kinect's SDK to developers, leaving it open to use on devices other than the Xbox 360.

At the time of writing Microsoft had not responded to Gaming Union's request for comment on Arnold's predictions.

Source: NPD Blog

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