You’ve heard of the Xbox Kinect right? Microsoft’s major foray into the world of controller-less gaming.
With your Xbox 360 connected to your Kinect, the advanced cameras capture your movements and you’re able to interact with the game. Although I love video games, this is not why I’m planing on getting a Kinect.
As you probably know, video, more specifically video posted on YouTube, is probably the single best way to create a fan base. But this isn’t 2006 anymore, web cam videos don’t work as well as they used to.
You need to have something engaging and cool to grab a couple hundred thousand video views and create that fan base. This is where Xbox Kinect comes in.
The Kinect has been hacked (videos below) and people are creating cool and engaging things with it. Why? because its one of the most advanced video camera’s ever made for the price. You see, the Kinect shoots in 3D. Yup 3 muthaphuckin D.
This literally adds another dimension to your videos. With that third dimension, only your imagination and technical know how are the barriers.
In just one month’s time, DIY developers have turned Kinect into a 3D live rendering camera, a controller for a self-piloting quadracopter, a Windows 7 peripheral, an invisible piano keyboard, and dozens of other tools with more appearing daily. They’re all brilliant examples of how 3D “free space” can be used as a controller.
“The consumer market for gesture based application is in its infancy, and the opportunities are endless for those who are able to build immediate consumer projects,” said Michel Tombroff, CEO of Softkinetic. (via BetaNews)
I’m very excited about the possibilities for artists to use this technology. Like Tromboff said, this technology is in its infancy, so get in now and start making some cool stuff.
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