With a Kinect camera, PC and some programming know-how, hackers around the globe are taking Microsoft's hot peripheral beyond the Xbox 360.
With over eight million units sold in the first two months, Microsoft has hit a home run with its Kinect camera for the Xbox 360. From the ever-growing library of software to the voice- and motion control for the 360 UI, the Kinect is thus far doing its job by effectively extending the life of the Xbox 360 beyond the six years the console has already been out.
But the Kinect is rapidly evolving beyond the Xbox 360, as an entire community has emerged to re-purpose the hardware for a multitude of new projects. The closest correlation is rooting or “jailbreaking” a smartphone, as the majority of modders aren’t changing the hardware itself but are instead creating new software. While some projects are one-off ideas brought to life, others are creating easy-to-use software that give anyone with a Kinect and a PC a plethora of new uses. These Kinect hacks go beyond entertainment (although the bulk are for that exact purpose), and some are even helping to save lives.
- Going Beyond the Xbox 360
- Basic Hacking Setup
- KinEmote: Bringing Kinect Hacking to All
- The Digital Torch
- Did Someone Say Street Fighter?
- World of KinectCraft
- Kinect of Duty? Call of Kinect?
- A Different kind of Kinectcraft
- Kinect to the Choppa!
- Kinect and Virtual Reality
- The Human-Kinect MIDI Connection
- Holograms on the Cheap
- Saving Lives Followed by Dance Central