Google introduced Gmail Motion, allowing users to control Gmail using gestures and body movements. That was for April fools day but the Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW) and FAAST (Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit) are the solutions which show how this technology can be used with a Microsoft Kinect sensor to control Gmail using the gestures described by Google. This project uses OpenNI coupled with FAAST and was made by Evan Suma and the folks at Mark Bolas’ MxR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.
Windows Azure is a cloud-computing platform that lets you run applications and store data in the cloud. Instead of having to worry about building out the underlying infrastructure and managing the operating system, you can simply build your application and deploy it to Windows Azure. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute, storage, networking, and content delivery capabilities. Microsoft has released toolkit for Windows Phone 7 app developers that make use of Windows Azure cloud services.