Kinect Can Turn You Into Star Wars Kid

Posted by Grey Thursday, November 25, 2010

Still pondering the potential of a hacked Kinect? Here's a little something that might just clear that cloud.

Quite possibly one of the most fondly remembered (but nonetheless traumatizing) viral meme in the early days of internet, Star Wars Kid has brought laughter by the gallon for many while creating one of the earliest online celebrities.

And now, with Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox 360, everyone can be a Jedi-sword-wielding, dumbass-looking wannabe to the original Star Wars Kid.

Yanyekan has perfected the hacking of the recently released controller-free gaming peripheral from Microsoft to rigged up this cool function that tracks the user's movement with a wooden stick as it turns into a lightsaber on the screen.

Proof of concept of tracking and rendering a lightsaber in real time using a Kinect hooked up to a PC. Imagine the possibilities.

Best viewed in fullscreen 480p. I track a wooden stick and I overlay the light glow on the computer. Drivers using OpenKinect, image processing, tracking, and rendering using OpenCV. Audio recorded and processed using Audacity and played using libao.

Well, we all know that LucasArts will be releasing Kinect: Star Wars sometime next next Summer, but this is just way cool to pass it up for now.

Source: Kotaku


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