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Kinect Lightsaber Hack: First Kinect Star Wars Game (Sorta.)

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The hacking possibilities for the Xbox 360 Kinect peripheral seem to keep growing every day. The latest hack to hit the inter-pipes: the Kinect lightsaber.

kinect lightsaber hack

Yankeyan used the OpenKinect drivers, along with image processing, tracking and rendering by OpenCV to create this great real-time lightsaber effect on his PC. All he has to do is pick up a wooden stick, and the Kinect tracks its position and the image processing software adds the lightsaber effect.

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Hopefully, LucasArts will oblige us with the same when their Star Wars Kinect game comes out next year. For now, Yankeyan’s hack will have to tide us over.





Comments (3):

  1. technabob says:

    I really want it to have the sound effect to go with.

  2. klarax says:

    looks good. seems like alot of lag on the movment between man and man on screen. is this normal on kinect? :S

  3. Imp says:

    during the kinect promos that ran on xbox live for months before there release there was a “untitled star wars” clip shown, from what we saw it looks like a jedi game where you are anakin or obi-wan during the clone wars.

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