Kinect Hack Spawns First Minority Report Style Interface

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Kinect Hack Spawns First Minority Report Style Interface

That cool sci-fi future we all dream of is one step close to being a reality, thanks to a German software designer and Microsoft's motion controller.

It's been just over a week since Kinect launched, and in that time people with more technical skills than most of us will ever possess have figured how to get it working on computers and made that information available to the public. But the work hasn't stopped there, as Dr. Florian Echtler, who works at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, has created a proof of concept multitouch interface using the Kinect hardware.

Echtler took the driver that Hector Martin released a few days ago and combined it with his own work on open-source multitouch interfaces to create a working prototype that allowed him to manipulate pictures just by pointing at the screen. The sensor seems to be able to recognize the shape that Echtler is making with his hand, and can tell the difference between him pointing at a particular photo in order to resize it, or using a flat palm in order to move a picture around. In his comments on his YouTube video, Echtler jokes that he wanted to get the "mandatory picture-browsing stuff" out of the way so that others could focus on more interesting things.

It's not quite on a par with the Minority Report system just yet, but it's a pretty cool first step, especially with such short time with the hardware. Of course, this is also a step down the road towards murderous robot houses, but I suppose we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

Source: Eurogamer

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Oh man that looks cool!

Hooray for steps towards holodecks :D

Boo for Judgement day ):

Oh. My. God.
If this ever happens just like the movie, I just might jizz in my pants.

"First" Minority Report-style interface? Bollocks, this style of interface was actually fully realized, by the guy who advised on the film none the less. It is known as G-Speak, and was demoed on this year's TED talks in February.

Jesus. I want something like that, fucking amazing as hell. Bring it on, break open this failed device for casual games and find new goals for it!

Why are we using this thing on gaming again?

One of the guys who modded a Wii to do this ended up becoming a Kinect Engineer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0awjPUkBXOU

Of course, this is also a step down the road towards murderous robot houses, but I suppose we'll have to burn that bridge when we come to it.

FTFY

Because you'll definitely want to burn that particular bridge.

Now why doesn't Mircosoft either employ these people or make Kinect do that in the first place!

One step closer to us all being wizards.

Sweettt!! Now all we have to do is invent holograms and I can finally feel like Tony stark every time I'm using my computer to browse porn.

Heh. Kinda reminds me of the computer from Ironman.

Popido:
Why are we using this thing on gaming again?

I know, I have a feeling that in 50 years time we'll be telling our hypothetical grandkids that this was created for a games console and they'll be like "whaaaa?" It should be useful pub trivia at least.

You know, you could probably arrange 3-5 Kinects in a space and use the Kinect hack to set up a low-cost mocap studio or something.

If I were Microsoft, I wouldn't do anything about this hacking stuff, just because open-source applications could potentially sell more Kinect units than gaming will.

Granted, I could see Microsoft getting pissy about not having the proprietary rights to software applications for the technology they developed, but still. They let anyone and everyone write software for Windows, why not let them do stuff with Kinect as well?

RebellionXXI:
You know, you could probably arrange 3-5 Kinects in a space and use the Kinect hack to set up a low-cost mocap studio or something.

That is a very good suggestion. You probably could. And the cost of it compared to a real mo-cap studio would be insanely low.

I really do think Kinetic is going to spawn alot of brilliant little things like this.

In regards to MS getting "pissy" I dont think they'll do anything. As long as people are buying their hardware they probably wont care what they do with it.

I'm sure someone will say "what about modded/chipped xbawks!?", which is a form of piracy, which is totally different.

Have seen them doing this exact same thing on Move tech demo's, not hands free though (obviously). It's a fun little interface either way, and as the machines get more and more powerful could be much more common with paging in between games and browser/TV etc...

why do the hackers do a better job of making software and supporting the thing than microsoft themselves, isnt it enough that they make a 90 dollar profit, they have to screw you at the same time.

this isnt just on mod level, this is something it should have been able to do out of the box, god bless the hackers, getting the job done in one tenth the time.

MS could easily take hold of this whole thing and release their own drivers, they had to have written them. It would be child's play for them to take the reigns on this.

The Games developer better take notes on this. It would be a pretty cool interface for a game or a minigame or something.

Hamster at Dawn:

I know, I have a feeling that in 50 years time we'll be telling our hypothetical grandkids that this was created for a games console and they'll be like "whaaaa?" It should be useful pub trivia at least.

Those kids will be like "whaaaa?", because they will be amazed that we ever used anything as rudimentary as our own hands to navigate a virtual space. I'm pretty sure we will be well past anything as primitive as using our hands in 50 years.

You know I've seen Minority Report a few times, and that interface looked awful. I mean it was all a jumbled mess with no good contrast. Also I don't really know why engineers seemed eager to skip past the "Sensor glove" and go for hand recognition. I mean it would be so much easier for a computer to recognise sensor points on the hand than just a bare palm. It would mean a llot fewer errors. It's why the PS Move has a glowing ball on top.

This is why they only focused on the casual gamers. The hardcore people can take care of themselves!

Wait, it's on the computer now? So what you are saying is it might actually have good games. I kid, I kid. ...kinda

This could be a cool interface. Thought it makes me feel as thought kinect will be getting more use as an interface tool for the PC than a gaming device for the 360.

I can't wait to battle against murderous robot houses.

So how long before us gamers get to control death row in mates in wars?

I'm amazed, someone has made me give a shit about kinect.

Popido:
Why are we using this thing on gaming again?

Mmm. My thoughts exactly.

I'll be over there, playing video games. Let's let the people play with their little toy.

Doesn't look practical yet but cool anyway.
Let's hope microsoft doesn't slam its foot all over this.

was a cool little video did seem to be a area of dead space where he was moving his arms and nothing moving on screen. and that massive dead zone in the center of the body where the hands/arms do not stand out from the torso.

do not see this replacing my mouse for photoshop, while cool i have doubts you could get the 1 to 1 precision you need for detailed photo retouch and general artistic work on computer.

some applications in 3d might be cool like rotating a 3d model on its axis to get a better view of it or a view of the scene, but selecting out nav meshes and vertex points and holding alt or shift to bypass points or select those behind or holding shit to select multiple points i mean i am just not sold as think having any real practical application for work type stuff despite the wow factor.

OMFG! The future is here!

OT: That is awesome i cant wait for holodecks and stuff like that... But where is my ODIN satilite? I want one! And more flying cars and jetpacks!

Y'know, if they mixed this with the hologram-like technology shown here, they could probably make a truly awesome-looking setup.

RebellionXXI:
You know, you could probably arrange 3-5 Kinects in a space and use the Kinect hack to set up a low-cost mocap studio or something.

This is also a sweet idea. Someone should get on that!

This is about the only reason I'd buy a Kinect. Microsoft would be insane to kill this. Hell...they should pay the guy, buy the program and include it with the Kinect, they'd get a helluva lot more sales than they would just selling a game acessory.

I know I can't be the only one thinking MMOs like WoW would be interesting with this kind of interface.

Too awesome. We were on about this sort of thing th eother day in the pub and talked about how over used it is now. Minority Report. Iron Man. The Island. All do something liek this..

THE FUTURE!

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