As great as Microsoft's Kinect is, the thing is pretty demanding. I remember watching my dad set his up; the Kinect was a ton of fun, but only after we'd pushed all of the furniture in the living room up against the walls. This is exactly the common scenario that the Nyko Zoom for Kinect is looking to address.
Racing simulation games have always had the largest and most complex driving wheel and pedal rigs, but you know what would make racing games so much better? Head-tracking. With Kinect support, the developers of Forza Motorsport 4 plan to take driving games beyond the analog stick.
Take the delicate circuitry aesthetics of C-3PO and mix it with the British wit of John Oliver (Daily Show, Community) and you might just come up with something like the amazing RoboThespian. The robot is the work of UK-based Engineered Arts, and points the way toward a very real application of real-time controlled robotics.
Hackers have been digging through that leaked early build of Windows 8 we saw last week, and it's giving more credence to earlier rumors that the next version of the OS will include Kinect style facial recognition.
Professor X's chair is real — almost. At Microsoft's recent MIX11 event, the Redmond-based giant took the wraps off its official Kinect PC SDK. With the tools, developers can program Kinect to do awesome things like this custom-built armchair that moves and reacts to your hand gestures.
Remember those photo booths where you would go to take goofy pictures of you and your friends on vacation? Well, it's just received a 21st century makeover, and now makes little 3D figurines of yourself so you can capture that special moment.
The unthinkable has happened — a hacker has successfully hacked a Kinect camera sensor to work with a PlayStation 3 to play Sony's exclusive shooter, Killzone 3 — with motion gesture consoles.
By hooking a Kinect sensor up to one of those funky spherical Pufferfish displays, the Technology Studio in the UK has built itself a desktop version of the unblinking Eye of Sauron, which follows you around with its gaze. It's almost creepy enough to make you want to turn invisible.
Boy, hacking Kinect never gets old does it? The "evil geniuses" at Brightarcs hacked a Kinect with two Tesla coils to create a machine that zaps electricity at the raise of an arm. The results are oodles of fun that'd make any dull Sunday entertaining.
Was there ever any doubt that Kinect would be a runaway success? Fears of its $150 price? Hogwash. The people of Earth love Kinect so much, we've collectively purchased 10 million of the glossy motion sensors.