You may have heard some of what we have to say about the Xbox Kinect. It’s a pretty outstanding device for a lot of reasons, one of which is that it allows for awesome pranks like this:
But there’s something going on deeper down that makes the Kinect a truly awesome thing. And it has less to do with it being the Xbox Kinect and more to do with the way it’s being used. Those clever white-hat hackers who have been finding creative ways to use the Kinect have kind of become famous for some of their ideas.
In fact they’ve gotten so famous that Microsoft decided to give the whole thing a name (which also happens to be good for their marketing department): The Kinect Effect.
Check out the Kinect Effect website
It’s really just because the device offers good (if rudimentary) motion tracking at a really low price. Have a listen to this while you keep reading:
Because the Kinect effectively makes motion tracking widespread, it makes it accessible to a lot of places and people which normally would have to have a less-awesome solution to their problem. And you can be one of those people if you have the drive to get into some programming. Check out the official software development kit (Microsoft’s Kinect SDK) as well as the official Kinect projects repository, good places to start if you want to see what’s being done right now.