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I’m really excited by the amount of interest the kinect is seeing. I’ve been super busy the past few weeks, so I hadn’t even seen a Kinect in person until yesterday. Quite a piece of work it is! If I didn’t already have a desk full of projects in progress, I’d be buying one immediately to start playing around with.