A team of researchers from the University College London created a new Kinect and Google Earth hack called “Pigeon Simulator,” that lets users explore London by mimicking the motions of a bird.
“The system can recognize simple flying motions, such as tilting an arm to turn, or flapping the arms to go higher, and leaning forward to dive down. As they’re flying, users can also receive live data from the city, including information such as pollution levels, height of the river, and recent tweets,” reports PSFK.
The plugin is designed to work with the Microsoft Kinect system, but users can also navigate around the map using keyboard controls.
The Pigeon Simulator has been tested on Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.7. and the source code is available on GithHub.
Watch the video below to see the Pigeon simulation in action below: