The holidays are just around the corner, and for many people that means the giving or receiving of the latest and greatest game gadgetry. This year one of the most popular choices is the Microsoft Kinect, an Xbox accessory that lets you control your console completely hands-free using only your voice and the movement of your body. PopSci has some great tips on rearranging your living room for an optimum Kinect experience.
According to PopSci, the Kinect "requires a large rectangular space free of obstacles in front of the TV", as well as an area of about 6 feet by 6 feet for a single player, to be able to properly detect all of your movement. So while the Kinect may not be a great choice for our Small Cool friends, it could work well in a large, open space like the living room in a house, or an apartment with an open floor plan. Either way, any space with a coffee table or ottoman will need some adjustment -- ours certainly will!
Plus with all those swinging limbs, it's better to be safe than sorry (remember all the stories about Wiimotes flying into televisions?). So it might be good to get your gaming area organized with proper storage after you've changed your layout.