New Hack To Play Super Mario With Kinect

Remember the Kinect hack that let you transform a regular wooden stick into a lightsaber? Now Yankeyan – the YouTube member who brought us the hack is on to it once again. But this one is better. The new proof of concept video lets the user play the popular Super Mario using gesture controls. In … Continue reading

Remember the Kinect hack that let you transform a regular wooden stick into a lightsaber? Now Yankeyan – the YouTube member who brought us the hack is on to it once again. But this one is better. The new proof of concept video lets the user play the popular Super Mario using gesture controls. In a video posted recently that shows us this new hack, Yankeyan explains,

“Proof of concept. Celebrating 25 years of Mario.

I programmed it to recognize my motions and passed the virtual button presses to the NES emulator. I could have placed a simulated keypad right in front of me that I can press with my hands, but I thought full body gestures were more in the spirit of Kinect. Of course, Mario isn’t designed to be played like this, so this is really really hard.

Drivers using OpenKinect, NES emulation using FCEUX.”

Check out the video below. Don’t you feel excited about wanting to play this game yourself?

Looking For Extension Cables For Kinect? Read This

If it is not possible for you to place your Kinect right next to your XBox 360 console, you have to go for an extension cable. The official solution provided by Microsoft is the “XBox 360 Kinect Extension Cable” that is available at a price of $49.99 on the Microsoft website but is available for … Continue reading

If it is not possible for you to place your Kinect right next to your XBox 360 console, you have to go for an extension cable. The official solution provided by Microsoft is the “XBox 360 Kinect Extension Cable” that is available at a price of $49.99 on the Microsoft website but is available for less – $40 – from Amazon.

There is a problem to this. Firstly, the solution is expensive. Also, Microsoft recommends the distance to be less than 10 feet citing performance degradation.

In case you find Microsoft’s option too pricey or if you have to get a longer extension cable, then Kinect customers have now been suggesting quite a few alternatives.

USB 2.0 Booster extension cable – Priced at $39.99 and can extend up to 39 feet

USB 2.0 Active Extension Repeater Cable – Priced at $14.83 and extends up to 32 feet (10 meters)

So do longer extension cables cause performance degradation? Microsoft says it does. In fact Microsoft does not recommend the use of any of these USB extensions. But then, from I hear from Kinect users who have tried these options above, there does not seem to any lag whatsoever.

Kinect Hacked To Create Animated Puppet Show

This is seriously awesome. A new hack developed by hackers Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson has enabled the Kinect to be used for interactive puppet shows. The hack, a video of which you can find below, basically inputs human gestures and makes use of this input to improvise the movements of an animated character. What’s … Continue reading

This is seriously awesome. A new hack developed by hackers Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson has enabled the Kinect to be used for interactive puppet shows. The hack, a video of which you can find below, basically inputs human gestures and makes use of this input to improvise the movements of an animated character.

What’s more impressive than the demonstration itself is the fact that the whole hack was developed in under 24 hours. This just goes to tell you the power of such a tool. Imagine what can be done with Kinect’s technology in a month! And imagine where we would be in a year’s time.

Do you see more such use-cases for Kinect? Why don’t you tell us in the comments.

Kinect Used To Enable Robot Understand Human Gestures

Microsoft Kinect is an amazing piece of technology and folks at MIT seem to know that. Their Personal Robots Group has been working on a new iRobot Create platform that will use Kinect to study the robot’s neighborhood for 3D map processing. Additionally, with Kinect’s already sophisticated human gesture tracking system, the robot can now … Continue reading

Microsoft Kinect is an amazing piece of technology and folks at MIT seem to know that. Their Personal Robots Group has been working on a new iRobot Create platform that will use Kinect to study the robot’s neighborhood for 3D map processing. Additionally, with Kinect’s already sophisticated human gesture tracking system, the robot can now understand human gestures and can navigate accordingly.

Check out the video below. As noted, the iRobot Create platform has been built with an Atom powered embedded computer, a Hokuyo URG-04LX range finder and a Kinect connected to an external Li-Poly battery.

The possibilities for such a system to be developed into more sophisticated systems are endless. Of course, camera based 3D mapping is not entirely a new phenomenon. But with Kinect, Microsoft has just given regular joes an opportunity to hack the system for their own DIY projects.