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

by Paul Strauss
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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.

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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.

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.

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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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