Microsoft’s Kinect debuted in November of 2010 to remarkable commercial success, selling over 8 million units in its first 60 days and capturing the Guinness World Record for ‘fastest selling electronic device in history’. It sold faster than the iPod, faster than the iPhone, faster even than the iPad—an amazing feat any way you look at it. But what makes this device so compelling? Is it the broad appeal of motion gaming? The novelty of using one’s body as a remote? Or is it because thousands of hackers around the world have managed to bend the Kinect’s Minority Report inspired control scheme to their will? For our part, we think it’s the latter. In fact, the video below demonstrates but one of the ways the Kinect has been hacked to perform a task it was never designed to do, yet seemed destined for from the outset.
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