10 Best Kinect Hacks So Far (LIST)

The greatest thing about Kinect and its 8 million sales/ships/whatever isn’t that it plays cool games (though hopefully that’s going to change in the near future): it’s that hackers are going nuts with the device, showing off all the cool things it can do, and putting it on YouTube.

Whether it be giving robots the facilities to hunt and destroy all humans or pushing the limits of breast-based physics, people are making their Kinects do some pretty cool, non-petting-virtual-animals-type things. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites below.

10. And there was light. And it was good.

Using some dimmer hardware and a string of LED lights, plus some other, more technical stuff, here we have gesture controls turning on and off lights in real time.

9. Ivy Needs a Sports Bra

This one gets a mention if for no other reason than that someone actually sat down and made it.

8. A Keyboard Anywhere

Apparently, Kinect lets you re-enact that scene from Big, or start a synth band without actually needing to have a synthesizer.

7. Acrobatic Yoga and Multiple Realities

Two women show the kind of things you can do when you overlay multiple stretching, handstandy-type realities on top of one another. There’s definitely potential here.

6. Awesome 3D Tetris

I think we have 3D Tetris already. It’s called “Packing a Small Car to Move Across the Country,” and I have played it extensively.

5. We are going to pump [clap] you up!

I am Hans, and this is my robot Franz. Action starts at about 1:30.


Optic camouflage is real, provided you can cover yourself in a TV screen and have a Kinect hooked up somewhere nearby to look at you.

3. Next step: Johnny Cab

That’s a Total Recall reference. Go look it up, and while you do, consider how much drinking you could do if you had a Kinect robot waiting to drive you home at the end of the night.

2. Skynet Hunter-Killer Version 1.0

Listen, and understand. That Kinect is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever — until you are dead.

1. At-Home Virtual Reality

The No. 1 Kinect hack comes out of Japan, and you might want to turn down the volume on your PC speakers, because some of the audio choices here are a little grating. That said, this video is pretty amazing, melding the 3D tracking of the Kinect with a head-mounted virtual reality display, without those pesky latex TRON suits.

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11 Comments on 10 Best Kinect Hacks So Far (LIST)

Tim Larkin

On January 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Very cool. It’s amazing to see these hacks come about so often.


On January 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Good collection, thanks!


On January 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Last is Hatsune Miku (and the music being played) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSgWyEimwb8 thats why the audio selection was chosen.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I meant more that it seems really unexpectedly loud.


On January 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Finally all those trans-gender guys can fullfill their fantasies without all that pesky dressing up and their wives catching them in the act!


On January 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

the begining stages of .hack? i just pray that it’s out sometime before i die.


On January 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Kinect being the base technology to build upon the military will find many applications to use this on. The only downfall of this is that it is too new. Once the developers apply some prediction to the sensor, it will speed up alot. I see a huge future in this. Real time applications will be taking on a whole new form.


On January 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

that last video was really amazing, i can see lots of real world applications that could be subsidized by the use of it, also it’ll be able to transpose over to video games too for some pretty sweet ones.


On September 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

these are all fake u dumb newbs