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3 Kinect Hacks to Get You Moving

Submitted by on January 25, 2011 – 9:26 am3 Comments

picture of a microsoft kinectLast November, Microsoft unveiled the Kinect and sold 8 million units worldwide in 60 days. In case you don’t know what the Kinect is, it’s a sophisticated camera that use infrared lights to locate and track 48 points on the human body for up to two people at a time, in conjunction with an Xbox 360. Kinect also has a facial recognition capability so it can distinguish one player from another.

Super futuristic, right?

The Kinect’s widespread popularity took me by surprise over the holidays, as there weren’t any available in my local area to pick up for Christmas… Part of the popularity seems to have something to do with the fact that Microsoft intentionally left an opening in the Kinect so that “hackers” could learn to remap it’s controls and come up with new uses. Word on the street is that Microsoft is actually excited about people hacking their system to create new ways for interaction and is working to push out an official Software Development Kit (SDK) to allow for further innovation.

Allowing users to create for your platform has become a savvy business move for large companies, and I wonder what the implications could be for health… We all know what happened to Apple’s app store when they released an SDK 2008.

So with all that backstory out of the way, I thought it would be cool to take a look around YouTube at some Kinect Hacks:

Super Mario Brothers

Street Fighter IV

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