Posts Tagged ‘Kinect hacks’

Wave Your Hands In The Air: Kinect SDK

By Jim Rossignol on June 16th, 2011.

Woo, I'm a ghost!
The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is up, and a bright shiny future of PC motion tracking begins! I’m looking forward to “Slumped In A Chair, Twitching A Bit,” novelty pointing games, and other exciting motion-tracking experiences you can have at your PC. Hopefully there will also be a version of that Milo thing where you can make friends with a childish Space Marine.

Relatedly, I’ve posted a video of Kinect running in Unity below, because I really like the visuals. (That’s what I used to illustrate this post.)
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Garry’s Mod + Kinect = Dancing DOG

By John Walker on March 11th, 2011.

This is what gaming was building up to.

In a list of inevitable, but glorious things, someone figuring out how to get Kinect working with Garry’s Mod appeared near the top. And Bit-Tech brings us wonderful news of its happening. The program allows the user to manipulate objects within Source, taking advantage of the engine’s physics. Which primarily involves kicking boxes. And better still, innovator John Boiles has made a truly brilliant video to prove it. It’s below. Watch this.

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Inevitable Kinect SDK Claims Surface

By Jim Rossignol on January 17th, 2011.


Almost confirming what we already thought we knew, cleverly-named Windows rumours site WinRumours states that: “Microsoft is set to unveil driver support and an SDK in the coming months and will allow third-party developers to create titles that utilize the Kinect sensor when plugged into a PC. According to sources familiar with the plans, Microsoft will distribute the drivers under the “beta” tag.” This follows Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer responding to questions about Kinect on PC by saying: “We’ll support that in a formal way in the right time.” Did he mean at the right time? Probably.

Anyway, we can totally expect a wave of PC dancing games and robot-controlling apps! An exciting future, I think you’ll agree.

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Minecraft + Kinect = Internet Glory

By John Walker on January 10th, 2011.

Yeah, well I built a rollercoaster yesterday. By HAND.

It’s hard to see how we’re going to top this story in 2011. Unless Bethesda announces that Skyrim will have always-on DRM to prevent the game causing addiction to BioShock 2, this has to be the ultimate in RPS. It’s Minecraft and Kinect.

Kotaku spots that Nathan Viniconis has figured out a way to take a depth image with the 360′s Kinect and then have Minecraft translate this into its world. Pow!

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Daily Kinect Hack: Become A Superhero!

By John Walker on January 5th, 2011.

Invincible cat!

Yeah, sure, Kinect hacks are this month’s Minecraft creations, but get over it. Because this one’s about turning into a superhero. And FIRING LASER BEAMS OUT OF YOUR EYES. Attention got.

I briefly mentioned yesterday, Microsoft has stated that it has no intentions of releasing a Kinect for the PC, but the tech types behind the device are working with ASUS on something extremely similar. The WAVI Xtion will be properly revealed this Summer.

Spotted by Joystiq, this is my favourite so far. You can see the video below.

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More Kinectyhacks: World Of Wavecraft

By John Walker on January 4th, 2011.

TOM CRUISE.

Updated: MS deny plans to release Kinect beyond the 360 – see below.

Yesterday we told you news of Kinect being used to play RUSE. Today: World Of Warcraft. With the 360 peripheral being realised far more excitingly as a piece of PC equipment, can it be long before Microsoft decides to change their uncharacteristic toleration of all this hackery into something legitimate? This latest hack is by the University of Southern California, as Wired tells us, building the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit piece of middleware to allow them to play the one MMO to rule them all by waving their arms around. There’s an actual real-life video of it below.

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Gesture-Based: Kinect Used To Play RUSE

By Jim Rossignol on January 3rd, 2011.


Well, dancing about is all very well, but the only real application we were ever going to be interested in was one involving terrain. Here’s a chap from touchscreen clevertypes Evoluce who has set up Microsoft’s Silent Robot Eye Of Judgment Kinect thing being to be used in playing a real-time strategy, via VG247. Seems to work. In truth, though, motion control is only really going to fly with me if it can detect my slumped form in an armchair, and enable the ordering millions of tiny men to their deaths with a barely-perceptible nod. Then, and only then, will I install a sinister black camera to watch over me.
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