14 Amazing Microsoft Kinect Hacks

KinEmote: Bringing Kinect Hacking to All

The first hack we’re looking at is something everyone can use, regardless of programming know-how. Called KinEmote, the software package is ready to go without any sort of modifications and works with “thousands of Windows applications,” most notably Windows Media Center, PowerPoint and even Angry Birds.

KinEmote Control Windows Media Center, Boxee, XBMC

One of the marquee features of Kinect on the Xbox 360 is menu navigation through hand gestures, so instead of using the D-Pad or joystick to go through the main 360 UI, a simple swipe of the hand can bring you to your destination. KinEmote now offers the same features for Windows Media Center, XBMC, and Boxee. There is also a new super-precise mouse control option that lets you left-click the mouse cursor by closing your hand, and you can even drag and drop using this technique.

Games are another selling point for KinEmote, as demonstrated by this Angry Birds video.

Playing Angry Birds with KinEmote

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  • Awesome!
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  • I feel like getting Street Fighter IV after watching that Hadouken video lol...meh,maybe not
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  • Thank the collective deities someone has FINALLY mixed Natal with a light gun for FPSs. You listening Microsoft?

    Anyone know where can I download the stuff for the COD:MW mod? How hard is it to adapt for other titles?
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  • azconnieThank the collective deities someone has FINALLY mixed Natal with a light gun for FPSs. You listening Microsoft? Anyone know where can I download the stuff for the COD:MW mod? How hard is it to adapt for other titles?


    I think you're best best is to contact the guy who put up the YouTube video. I don't know his name but I'm sure his user page has more info.

    -Devin Connors
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  • that paintball hack is great!
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  • I first thought that the Kinnect was impressive, but not very useful to actual gaming. I may have been wrong.
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  • comptonI first thought that the Kinnect was impressive, but not very useful to actual gaming. I may have been wrong.

    Don't give up hope just yet. The hardware is impressive...we just need to give game developers time to properly utilize it. The Wii was very similar, since the majority of launch/near-launch software (first party titles excluded) wasn't anything to get pumped about.

    -Devin Connors
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  • Quote:
    The hardware is impressive...we just need to give game developers time to properly utilize it. -Devin Connors


    You are correct. After reading this article, I think I was premature in my assessment. I hope these hacks are embraced by both MS and developers as a source of inspiration in current and future endeavors. The current industry is a little stale, but these inventive creations might be the breath of fresh air needed to keep interest in an industry ruled by multi-platform franchises.
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  • azconnieThank the collective deities someone has FINALLY mixed Natal with a light gun for FPSs. You listening Microsoft? Anyone know where can I download the stuff for the COD:MW mod? How hard is it to adapt for other titles?

    Wow look they took a $160 camera setup and Wii remotes and turned it into a Playstation Move that does the same thing with a camera that is years older and MUCH cheaper. Props to them for a new Rube Goldberg invention.
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  • SlickyFatsWow look they took a $160 camera setup and Wii remotes and turned it into a Playstation Move that does the same thing with a camera that is years older and MUCH cheaper. Props to them for a new Rube Goldberg invention.


    Is it really that much cheaper? Also the jury is still out on how hackable the Move is when combined with a computer.
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  • Amazing...Its really only the beginning of the Kinect and natural intereface technology from really breaking down the barriers. I'm excited that people are taking the time to hack this technology.

    Whats even more amazing is the fact that users are beginning to make autonomously driving robots or even beginning to utilize Robots to mimic movement.

    The future is here, and surprisingly Kinect and Microsot is paving the path.
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  • Woops! Forgot to link to the hacks I was referring to above:

    Autonomously driving robot

    Robots mimic movement
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  • Nice article! i wonder what happens when Microsoft releases there official drivers :) you could also look here Kinecthacks

    Cheers :)
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  • oops I mean Kinect hacks
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  • kinect hacks
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  • check out my Kinect game "Dance 2 Music", please vote if you like it:
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