Here at WinRumors we’ve been following Kinect hacking very closely. The latest hack shows off real-time processing of a lightsaber.
Microsoft said earlier this year that is plans to introduce Star Wars for Kinect in Christmas 2011 but this hasn’t stopped eager Kinect hackers. One YouTube user, Yankeyan, has posted a proof of concept video to demonstrate the tracking and rendering of a lightsaber in real time using a Kinect hooked up to a PC.
“I track a wooden stick and I overlay the light glow on the computer,” says Yankeyan who took the OpenKinect drivers and OpenCV to create his demo. Yankeyan is one of a number of Kinect “hackers” that are producing creative and unique ways of using the Kinect accessory on a daily basis.
Microsoft said last week that it left the USB connection on the Kinect open, “by design.” Kinect “hackers” have recently taken the device to new heights. Videos emerged last week 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 PCs. Microsoft recently purchased 3D gesture experts Canesta. Microsoft’s investment in this technology is likely to see them focus heavily on bringing gesture based control to Windows 8. Earlier this year a number of Windows 8 product slides leaked from a HP employee that pointed towards some new product features. Kinect integration, a Windows App Store and fast boot were all promised. Microsoft previously purchased 3DV systems, who also make gesture recognition technology. With the push for this technology in gaming, it’s only natural that Microsoft would also want to port this to Windows.