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.
4. Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAKE!
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.