Kinect for Xbox 360 released earlier this month. And when new super cool tech such as the motion sensing Kinect hits the mass market, you expect some astute attempts at hacking and laughable attempts at practicing to hit the interwebs at some point. This very post presents you with these videos. Let’s start with the hackers. Visualization researcher Oliver Kreylos has discovered a way to turn the Kinect into a 3D video capture tool. He describes the hack: “By combining the color and the depth image captured by the Microsoft Kinect, one can project the color image back out into space and create a “holographic” representation of the persons or objects that were captured.” Kreylos’ demonstrating is embedded above (left); is your mind blown yet? A man who goes by AlexP managed to hack the Kinect’s built in accelerometer in an interesting way; check out his batch of demos after the break.
And on to the wacky EPIC FAIL videos you’ve been oh-so patiently waiting for. Or maybe you haven’t and you already watched my personal favorite Kinect fail in the video embedded above (right). Salivating for more embarrassing moments like this? You know where to find ‘em. Ahem, they’re sitting after the break.
Update (11/17): Hacker Chris Rojas has managed to make the Kinect communicate with an iPad. Click here to see the action.
Funny? yes. Fail? even more yes.