Kinect hack using libfreenect, openCV creates awesome shadow puppet

As most of you who aren’t living under a rock know, Microsoft’s Gesture Recognition based XBox extension called Kinect is a huge hit. And I’m not just talking for the Xbox owners or gamers.

This device has been in awe amongst a lot of geeks as well. This may well be because of open source hardware vendor Adafruit putting up a bounty of $2,000 for building open source drivers for Kinect. Or maybe the fact that it was actually hacked just as soon as this bounty was announced.

In any case, take a look at Kinect’s official promo video and you can’t deny the fact that this gadget has some serious potential.

For instance, as soon as libfreenect was released, Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson , went on the create a shadow-puppet like you’ve never seen before.

Using libfreenect, openFrameworks , openCV and Kinect, this duo has created a spectacular version of the age-old shadow puppet that will knock your socks off you.

Enough said. Take a look at the video.

Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo

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One Response

  1. Eric Martindale Says:

    Hey, what is the source of this? I’ve been working on libfreenect drivers for a while, as well as OpenCV, and I’d love to follow the chain of communication.

    Unrelated: you really should install a WordPress plugin that allows you to subscribe to follow-up comments. It would be greatly helpful, especially in this case. 🙂

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