Kinect Controlling Windows 7

Microsoft’s latest gaming platform Kinect was hacked only a couple of days ago after it was released. A driver was developed that allowed it to interact with Windows 7 but at the time it served no practical use, until now anyway.

A couple of students at the MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group are having a go at redefining the way humans interact with machines. They’ve come up with a pretty good example to show just what they can do.

They have created DepthJS, a system that lets Javascript communicate with Microsoft’s Kinect in order to navigate web pages, and do more. Now it isn’t by any means the best way to navigate the web but it definitely could become a viable option with a little bit of work.

If you are one of those people who are willing to step outside of the developer world and into open source software than you will definitely want to check out Evoluce’s gesture solution based on the company’s Multitouch Input Management (MIM) driver for Kinect.

One of the most impressive things it does is allow simultaneous multitouch and multiuser control of applications (including those like Flash and Java) running on a Windows 7 PC. What’s more, Evoluce promises to release software “soon” to bridge Kinect and Windows 7.

So this is some pretty exciting stuff and will be great if it works properly, check it out in the videos below

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2 Responses to Kinect Controlling Windows 7

  1. chieftain20 November 30, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Wow, I was just sitting there with my mouth open the whole time. /me wants one

  2. The dude February 11, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    How the hell do you do that?

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