The latest Kinect tricks mark an ongoing effort by the open-source community to find alternative uses for the motion controller. ”Yankeyan” took one wooden stick, the OpenKinect drivers and OpenCV computer vision library and created the closest thing many of us will get to wielding a weapon from ”a more civilised age”. Yankeyan’s program tracks the stick in realtime and overlays a lightsaber image onto it.
Meantime, another user, dubbed ”Ben X Tan” has created a ”human MIDI controller” using the Kinect. The controller converts hand-waving to MIDI notes and draws on the Australian’s previous Pmidic MIDI controller, which used light sources to control input.