There may be many questions about Microsoft’s decision to buy Skype, but one thing is for sure — it can take video conferencing and video calling to a whole different level, thanks to Kinect. If you watch these videos, you can easily imagine the future of video-based calls.
You can make and receive high-quality video via the big screen televisions using broadband-connected Xbox 360 with Kinect and Microsoft Messenger (s msft). Replace the Messenger with Skype, and suddenly Kinect-based calls can go anywhere.
They can start at home and end up on any device: Android (s goog), iPhone, iPad (s aapl) and someday on Windows Phone 7-powered phones as well. Same goes for calls emerging from your phones and ending up on the big screen.
Even more immersive calling? Sure why not. At the bottom of this page is the video of an MIT Media Lab project that shows how Kinect can be used for immersive video conference calls. Microsoft’s Skype, Apple’s Facetime and Google Voice are suddenly competing for our communication minutes via video calling.