Microsoft Kinect

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“Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect (originally known by the code name Project Natal), is a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game platform, and may later be supported by PCs via Windows 8. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.” (Wikipedia, retrieved 13:09, 26 December 2010 (CET))

software and hardware

  • Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit “is middleware to facilitate integration of full-body control with games and VR applications using OpenNI-compliant depth sensors (currently the PrimeSensor and the Microsoft Kinect).” By the MxR Lab at the University of Southern California.


  • Kinect (Wikipedia, good overview article, including technical information)
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