This reminds me of the Marshmallow challenge experiment.
It turns out the best result comes from the most spontaneous and fearless groups :), using the same sort of approach as fix and repair.
I agree that the lack of touch feedback is a terrible experience. But this is nevertheless an amazing piece of technology that opens new doors to a lot of applications (in the sense "apply", not software). We've seen what the community around Kinect has been able to build with much less powerful captors. I'm excited to see what people might imagine and achieve with this one.
Moreover, nothing prevents you to couple this impressive captor with any other device that would provide you with other sensorial feedbacks.
And why narrowing it down to a control device? Why couldn't it be used to gather other kinds of input? Monitoring activity? Assisted vision? Who knows what people have in mind for it?
The results feel actually fresh. It's removing the consumerism layer of bullshit that google serves us everyday.
Also wondering if that has something to do with the "bubble" that google creates around us based on our search history and social network information.
I posted a comment on the blog, but I might just as well begin the discussion here.
I'm working on a fun project with friends that we would love to see fly (We're applying for YC by Tuesday probably !). As a developers, I relate best to the technical kind of dept.
It's interesting to read about other kinds of depts that you will have to pay back when you deal with a startup, pre-launch, and post-launch.
Funnily, they all seem as important to keep track on.
Financial dept => game over.
Personal dept => burn out => game over.
Mental dept => burn out => game over.
Technical dept => quality/productivity freefall => game over.
Let's map them the to the assets of a startup.
Out of these four kinds of depts, 2 depend on the people and not the skills.
Financial depends probably equally on skills and people.
Technical dept being mostly skills related.
I think it illustrates well why having a great team synergy is so crucial to success.
I would argue that with how fast things are moving (and they are only getting faster), accumulating technical depts can lead you very quickly to lose customer (because you can't meet their expectation 'right now').
That can quickly lead to game over with the competition out there.