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Kinect Hacked On Linux and Mac

November 12 2010


Kinect Hacked On Linux and Mac
by Buddha




Within three hours of picking up a Kinect (without owing an Xbox 360), someone wrote some Linux drivers so that the device could interface with his PC.  It’s not perfect, as he states, however it is a quick and dirty hack. (source)

More impressive is the Mac hack done by someone who set the Kinect’s camera to recognize his hands as input devices (as with the 360), so that he could go through pictures on his Mac all Minority Report style.  He’s able to move and resize images slowly from a seated position away from the computer.

Some people may scoff at these, seeing the flaws and delays in motion, however what you need to see instead is the incredible potential.  Don’t just think in terms of gaming, but instead see the possibilities in terms of medical, engineering and other uses.

Truth be told, Minority Report is no longer that far into the future.  Practical applications of this kind are not so far off.



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