Is this the end for interactive whiteboards in the classroom?

Over the last few weeks, 11 startups have begun work on some amazing projects using the Kinect for Windows system, and developing new ways to interface with information, games, devices and computers. You can read more about this, and the background to the projects, on the Next at Microsoft blog.

Steve Clayton, who is like a roving reporter on the Microsoft Campus these days, went along to see some of their projects, and one of them made me sit up and slap my forehead. Up and down the country we’ve got teams of installers screwing interactive whiteboards to classroom walls. But why should it only be some walls that are interactive? And why should it only be limited to the size of the whiteboard?

Take a look at this shot from their video to see what one team has done with Kinect for Windows…

Replacing interactive whiteboard with 'interactive anything'

Basically, they’ve made any surface interactive – In this case, a curved wall. You can read more about this whole project, and see the videos, over on the Next at Microsoft blog, and then start to imagine what’s going to happen in classrooms, sports halls and assembly halls, when Kinect for Windows takes off in education