The ‘Kinect’ factor

*UPDATE
Awesomeness revealed:
True API Support.

The Microsoft Kinect Controller seems to be the HOT hackable item in the interactive art world. Just like the Wii Remote, the Kinect has been hacked by interactive artists to control robots, scan environments, create sound instruments and much,much more. The Kinect is a robust sensor which features an “RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software”, which provide full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition and voice recognition capabilities. The Kinect Hacker community and the Open Sourcing of device drivers have enabled the Kinect controller to be used directly from connected PC’s operating on Windows 7. I’ve been following the development of interactive installations and experimentation’s utilizing the Kinect sensor. I felt it was time to list a few of my favorites. Being an AS3 engineer, it’s only natural I start off with some of the cool AS3 examples.

My favorite to date is the Touchless Kinect AS3 application, which is developed with the OpenKinect AS3 API.

Silvio Paganini has also been quite busy, experimenting using AS3 TUIO and the UDP-Flash Bridge.

If you are Windows person, you can now control apps on Windows 7.

The Quadratura collective exhibited “Shadows of Light” a Kinect based art piece at the Ambika Gallery in London.

Cyber Sex anyone? This maybe a bit weird but yes, people are taking it to the next level.

You can find more information regarding open source Kinect at OpenKinect.org and if you want to stay up on hacked Kinect news, visit Kinect Hacks.

Now it’s only time till someone replicates the Minority Report-like interface.

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