Since the release of the Kinect SDK, Microsoft has been conducting research with a recent project that allows the Kinect to track the gestures of your hand including whether or not it is opened or closed.

Researchers put the multi-touch feature to the test using a painting program to create finger paintings with the new technology. It is rumored that with the acquired research of the multi-touch technology, a new version of Kinect could see a release with the rumored next-gen Xbox. 

For more information, check out the video below that demonstrates the new hand-grip detector for Kinect.