Kinect shows its potential [through hacks]

photo by Atsushi Tadokoro

If you haven’t been living in a cave or exclusively in Cataclysm, you have already heard of Microsoft’s controller-free accessory for Xbox360 Kinect. Kinect is out for sales since November [4th in USA] and 2.5 million units of it have been sold as of November 29. Microsoft expects to sell 2.5 million more until the end of the year, which is a great revenue on a product that is being sold for $150 [almost as expensive as a whole console] and seems to have a bill-of-materials (BOM) of roughly $56.

In spite of the price, Kinect users are finding new and interesting was of using it. As soon as the first units were sold, some had already find out about the beautiful show of lights provided by Kinect through night goggles.

But not much later a way to pull raw data out of the system was found, allowing all kinds of hacks and new uses to Kinect. Here are some cool examples:

As you can see, it was possible to program Kinect to control simple computer functions, but more complex tasks as playing Quake or controlling a whole computer are still proving to be difficult to achieve.

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