Apple’s Mac App Store now includes an application that allows Kinect owners to view themselves with the Kinect sensor.
The application, named Kinect 3D viewer, was developed by Laan Labs by utilizing the libfreenect software. Downloadsquad notes that the application seems similar to the original proof-of-concept Kinect “hacks” that surfaced shortly after the device launch in November. The application is available at no charge and allows Mac users to plug their Kinect in and view the output from the Kinect depth-sensing camera in 3D. WinRumors tested the application and it does what it says on the tin without the need to install drivers or any additional software (see image above).
Kinect hackers have been tinkering with the device since its introduction in November. Talented developers have shown off Minority Report style multitouch control and the Kinect running on Mac OS X. Microsoft said in November that it left the USB connection on the Kinect open, “by design.” Kinect hackers have recently taken the device to new heights. Videos emerged of device owners fully controlling Windows 7 and interactive prototype puppets. Kinect hacking is only at the very early stages but what’s clear is hackers are demonstrating the potential of the technology for use on computers.
WinRumors revealed earlier this week that Microsoft officials are currently readying an official SDK and Kinect drivers for Windows. 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. Microsoft has shipped over 8 million Kinect units since launch in November.