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14 Amazing Microsoft Kinect Hacks

14 Amazing Microsoft Kinect Hacks
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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 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.

At this point there are dozens, even hundreds, of hacked Kinect projects, so we’re going to focus on 14 of the most interesting, thoughtful, and hilarious hacks out today.

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    wickedsnow , January 28, 2011 9:40 PM
    Awesome!
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    aaron686 , January 30, 2011 5:00 AM
    I feel like getting Street Fighter IV after watching that Hadouken video lol...meh,maybe not
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    azconnie , January 30, 2011 1:24 PM
    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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    dconnors , January 31, 2011 7:00 AM
    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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    sparky2010 , January 31, 2011 9:58 AM
    that paintball hack is great!
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    compton , February 1, 2011 10:04 PM
    I first thought that the Kinnect was impressive, but not very useful to actual gaming. I may have been wrong.
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    dconnors , February 1, 2011 10:25 PM
    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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    compton , February 2, 2011 12:32 AM
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    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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    SlickyFats , February 4, 2011 2:56 AM
    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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    dconnors , February 7, 2011 4:44 AM
    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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    franktreehill , February 18, 2011 8:35 PM
    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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    franktreehill , February 18, 2011 8:36 PM
    Woops! Forgot to link to the hacks I was referring to above:

    Autonomously driving robot

    Robots mimic movement
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2011 3:09 AM
    Nice article! i wonder what happens when Microsoft releases there official drivers :)  you could also look here Kinecthacks

    Cheers :) 
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    Anonymous , February 27, 2011 2:26 PM
    oops I mean Kinect hacks
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2011 11:45 PM
    kinect hacks
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    evkiss , July 18, 2011 4:47 AM
    check out my Kinect game "Dance 2 Music", please vote if you like it:
    ‪http://event.asus.com/wavi/gallery/work_content.aspx?wid=201106291‬
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