Susanna Martini, a wheelchair bound woman suffering from cerebral palsy, unwrapped the Microsoft Kinect and began playing, only to realize that it fails to recognize her and will not function in the slighest. “Kinect has no clue that I even exist,” she said. “It’s like I’m completely invisible to it.” says Martini.
Microsoft has stated that “the initial wave of Kinect games were designed to be very active to take advantage of the sensor’s ability to track full-body motion, and as a result, may be difficult or simply not possible to play in a seated position.”
Martini does have some hope for Kinect gaming, however! Microsoft is currently in development of advancing their skeletal recognition program, so that seated gamers will be capable of having the same experience.