I rarely gush about any new piece of technology but in this case I loved everything Kinect had to offer.
In fact, it may very well be one of the most user-friendly gadgets I've ever used.
After removing it from the packaging, I plugged a couple of cables into the Xbox, slipped in the game disc and turned the machine on.
Within less than a minute, the Kinect sensors had identified me as a player and with a wave of my hand, I was white water rafting down a tropical river and steering my rubber raft by moving my entire body either left or right.
To capture coins hanging in the air for points, I jumped high into the air.
I went on to play another game in which I plugged leaks with my hands and feet in a virtual underwater glass box requiring serious agility and flexibility.
Another mountain obstacle game also pushed the limits of my physical capabilities as I rode the rails dodging and ducking inflatable obstacles in my way.
In other words, I was breaking into a serious sweat for long periods of time, but because I was focused on playing the game, it never occurred to me that Kinect was also providing me with a very serious physical workout.