Kinect Hacked to Control World of Warcraft

A sweet gaming system might include the ability to immerse yourself in a gaming world and fight, cast spells, whatever, by making the motions that you would need if you were actually part of the game. This Kinect hack doesn't go quite that far, but we can dream, can't we?

Built by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, FAAST, or the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit isn't specific to World of Warcraft (WoW), but it has been hacked to control WoW as shown in a demo video below. The actual plans of the institute are a bit less commercial.

The plan is to develop "simple, medically inspired games for rehabilitation of motor-skills after a stroke, and even for reducing childhood obesity through 'healthy gaming.'" Of course, healthy gaming could possibly be achieved with a Nintendo Wii and EA Sports Active, but as we know, the Kinect goes far beyond the Wiimote.

Watch the demo video, remember that this is 0.03 version software, and imagine the future.

inspector 3 years ago

Now time to make it for a FPS game :).

3vi1 3 years ago

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Now time to make it for a FPS game :).


The Kinect isn't precise enough to evaluate gun-trigger positions.  That will require an add-on.

inspector 3 years ago

how about instead of pulling the gun trigger movement, you use shaking xD. Like those kids that play pretend gun and shake as if the gun is shooting with recoil :)

By the way, if this works out i will so get kinect to test it lol

fat78 3 years ago

this is pretty cool . Cant wait to see more of the ideas people create using kinect

DeathPaladin 3 years ago

An FPS for Kinect that uses shaking motions?

Sounds like Michael J. Fox could start gaming.

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