There have been plenty of Kinect hacks since Microsofts motion-detecting Xbox add-on was released, but this may be the most impressive: an autonomous flying machine.
You probably already know this, but Super Mario Bros. turned 25 this year. What better way to commemorate the anniversary than, with a Kinect hack that uses your entire body to squash Goombas and defeat Bowser to save Princess Peach?
Kinect has been hacked, allowing DIY modders to play around with it and use it for their own devices. One of the first projects to appear since it was hacked is this, an amazing update to old-school shadow puppets.
The floodgates for Kinect hacks have officially opened. We already saw one guy bring Minority Report-style photo manipulation using a Kinect sensor. Now we have another dude who has created a 3D holographic video with the same tech.
After eight years of geeking over Minority Report's gesture-based manipulation interface, we're really pumped that it isn't all just movie magic anymore. It was only a matter of time before this would happen. Hackers are a crafty bunch after all.
The Wii made motion control a big deal with its Wiimotes. Now, four years later, the system is starting to show its age and competitors are sneaking in, such as Sony's more accurate Move and Microsoft's controller-less Kinect. Where can we go next? A group of students have an idea after taking a cue from Avatar.
It's always interesting to hear what new technologies are offered to what companies, and how things shake out. The iPhone, for instance, was initially turned down by Verizon before it went to AT&T. Turns out Apple could have stolen a key technology away from Microsoft's gaming division: the Kinect.
The new Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360 sounds like the future. It allows you to play video games without a controller, using fancy cameras and sensors to see where you are and what you're doing. It has microphones and voice recognition to hear your commands. It's like virtual reality, from the movies! It's the future! But is it any fun?
Cue the applause. Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect motion detecting camera is going to be huge. Why does it deserve credit? Microsoft's managed to optimize Kinect down to the core right up to tomorrow's launch.
Kinect hasn't even launched yet — but that hasn't stopped the press from picking it apart and revealing its shortcomings. Issues such as lag, required setup space and whether the camera sensor will work with gamers who are sitting down are on everyone's minds. Cross the last one off your list, because Microsoft's fixed that problem.