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Kinect Socket Server Hack Brings Motion Controls to Flash, Silverlight

Blitz, will soon let you easily interface any program to Microsoft Kinect. Rather than having to hack at the low-level C++ OpenKinect driver, Blitz’s solution is to create a socket server, which other programs including Flash and Silverlight websites can then interrogate.

The installation process is a bit finickity, but the potential of the apps are immense. Blitz’s workaround for this was to go through a socket server to transmit Kinect’s data stream to other apps. In terms of Flash, this turns three-dimensional movements into coordinates that can be read by Flash apps or games. In the example video below, you can see that turns doing something like moving your hand in a forward motion into clicking on an object. While demoing the new tool, Blitz software developer Yosef Flomin also mentions that because the processing is done outside of Flash, it won’t cut into the computer’s resources.

Blitz says it’ll releasing the source code for the project at its Labs site tomorrow at 8 a.m. Pacific.


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