How many of you remember growing up and wishing you could have a friend like Johnny (Number Five) from Short Circuit, a machine that has self-awareness, consciousness, and a friendly demeanor. What about K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, a computer who cared about his partner Michael Knight and hardly felt artificial at all. Well, if you’re not that old, then how about WALL-E, that little guy surely rings a bell with everyone.
How you ask is any of this relevant to home servers, well after we reviewed Microsoft’s KINECT we had a brilliant idea of connecting it to our home server for some fantasy play.
First, as you can see from our pictures “SeeNect” as we named him resembles a not too distant cousin of Number 5, but enough with the family tree. It would be a neat idea if some day (soon) a KINECT like peripheral could be connected to the home server to provide both gesture and voice controls for the server.
The server could detect you and follow you (with its auto-adjustable cameras) all around the room and then perform any number of operations based on the taught gestures or vocal commands. So instead of saying “XBOX… play music”, you could be saying “Server…Perform Back-Up” , or “Server… install Grid Junction add-in.” Cool right… now if we can get Microsoft on board with this idea (after all it’s not like they have Drive Extender to work on … but we digress).