Jeffrey Ventrella has an interesting post on the future of avatar puppeteering in the Kinect era, and he's well-suited to write it: As Ventrella Linden, he was the creator of Linden Lab's puppeteering system, which alas has not been incorporated into the official viewer. But Jeffrey has a new book on the topic, Virtual Body Language, and he connects his thoughts there with the recent introduction of Kinect to Second Life avatar interaction, noting "direct gestural interfaces are not for everyone, and... not all the time! Also, some people have physical disabilities, and so they cannot 'be themselves' gesturally." I'm also struck by this prediction, which hadn't quite occurred to me, but now that he says so, seems totally obvious:
[E]ventually we will have Kinect-like devices installed everywhere – in our homes, our business offices, even our cars. Public environments will be installed with the equivalent of the Vicon motion capture studio. Natural body language will be continually sucked into multiple ubiquitous computer input devices. They will watch our every move.