Aside from Dance Central 3, the only other announcement that really grabbed me during Microsoft's press presentation was the Nike+ Kinect Training. There's a lot of big talk about "revolutionizing fitness at home" but it sort of just looks like a regular fitness game to me. But they're claiming that the personal trainers in the game can see how your body moves to assess your strengths and weaknesses using the Kinect sensors. If this is true, and they really can create a personalized workout to help you achieve your goals, that would be cool. Because one of the drawbacks to many fitness games is that people just do whatever interests them without knowing how it's going to help them.
"By combining Nike's understanding and knowledge of great athletes with the powerful technology of Kinect, we have created a personal training program unlike anything currently available," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Marketing and Strategy of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "Kinect becomes the eyes for 'Nike+ Kinect Training' instructors, bringing a new level of engagement and personalization to the program that blurs the lines between a personal training session and a game."
And of course, using Xbox LIVE, you'll be able to connect and compare progress with friends. They're also touting a mobile app that will keep you motivated and on track for your next workout, but I'm hoping that you can turn off the notification that it's time for your next workout. I'll do it when I feel like it, thank you very much! I rather enjoyed my Nike+ sensor when I started running, but then it stopped working with my iPod, and customer service blamed my iPod, and since I wasn't about to go buy a new iPod, I switched to a GPS watch that's more accurate anyway. But I remember liking the way Nike+ tracked your runs, so if they can translate that into a Kinect game, we might just have something here.
Guess we'll find out when Nike+ Kinect Training launches this holiday season. (Just in time to burn off all those extra holiday calories!)