14 Amazing Microsoft Kinect Hacks

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
    Awesome!
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  • aaron686
    I feel like getting Street Fighter IV after watching that Hadouken video lol...meh,maybe not
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  • azconnie
    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
    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
    that paintball hack is great!
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  • compton
    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
    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
    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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  • SlickyFats
    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
    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
    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
    Woops! Forgot to link to the hacks I was referring to above:

    Autonomously driving robot

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

    Cheers :)
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  • Anonymous
    oops I mean Kinect hacks
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  • Anonymous
    kinect hacks
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  • evkiss
    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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