Microsoft is hiring for a new Entertainment Division team to take what you know about Kinect, ball it up and throw it out the window. Sirs, madams - I like the cut of your hyperbole.
"A new team is forming in Microsoft's entertainment division with a specific purpose: to push the envelope of today's and tomorrow's technology as we explore new ideas from the ground floor. " reads an ad for a software development engineer. "It begins with veterans from Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Kinect. But we're growing as quickly as our imaginations can be translated into code.
"Joining this team comes with risks," the listing goes on, in what I imagine to be tones of breathless yearning. "Most of what we work on is top-secret; you may not know what your new project is until you've accepted an offer. Not all of our ideas will fly. We will fail, and fail fast, on some projects. We will celebrate those failures because they are vital to making sure the right ideas take off in a big way."
Failure = success. Welcome to motivational corporate-speak 101, est. 2003.
"If you want a comfortable, standard-role job at Microsoft with no ambiguity or risk, please don't apply," it continues. "But if you're passionate about the potential for Kinect to continue to revolutionize entertainment and are a seasoned software engineer with the skills to prototype and build the future of premium Kinect-powered experiences, we have a growing team of talented people who want to take entertainment into the future.
"In this role your technical skills and creativity will be pushed to their limits as you weave together disparate technologies to tell the story of what the future of entertainment will look like. You'll learn more than you even knew existed about machine vision, data mining, AI, voice recognition, and embedded systems.
"You'll become an expert in one or more of those areas. You will work on a truly agile team to build and iterate on prototypes to evolve and demonstrate our creative vision."
CAN YOU DIG IT, etc. In what's probably related news, Rare announced vacancies for a cloud-based Kinect game in November. Microsoft has also revealed that it's looking into the field of 3D imaging, corroborating a leaked Xbox 720 design brief which outlines a new, improved Kinect with two motion sensors, positioned to either side of your TV.
On a less reverent note, here are six TV shows we'd ruin using Kinect TV. Make that shizzle happen, blue sky dreamers.