SAN DIEGO — There’s no way around it: Banking sucks. And if you’re broke like me, opening up your browser to your online banking site only to continually find a zero balance sucks even more. Aside from getting a higher-paying job, there’s not much out there to boost your balance. But an interface makeover from a small software company could make the experience a little less painful.
Lithuanian software outfit Etronika created a new Kinect-based, motion-activated user interface for the company’s banking software, letting users manipulate and manage their accounts with a literal wave of the hand. Clapping your hands together selects an icon and brings up the appropriate screen selection, while swiping back and forth navigates the carousel of icons.
“A lot of banking software apps are filled with boring crap,” said Etronika CEO Kestutis Gardziulis in what may be the biggest understatement I’ve ever heard. “With our software, you could be on the couch at home, having a beer, all while dealing with your bank account and kicking back.”
In June, Microsoft released its Kinect software developer kit free for download, allowing third party developers to create Windows-based applications that interact with the low-cost Kinect hardware. Since the release (and even prior to it), thousands of hackers have created all sorts of applications that take advantage of Kinect’s camera and microphone-based input. We’ve seen dancing apps to fighting games and now, with Etronika’s entry, banking software.
And it won’t stop at motion interaction, apparently. “We’re digging into voice, facial recognition — all the possibilities that come with the SDK,” Gardziulis said. “Why not use this popular gaming UI for banking, too?”
However superfluous, it’s a fun hack for an otherwise mundane (and often depressing) practice. Check out the video here for a quick demo of the software.