Google Engineer Wants You to Hack Microsoft’s Kinect
25/12/2010 § Leave a comment
Engineer Matt Cutts, one of Google’s more public faces, is offering a cash prize for the best open-source and Linux-based projects built on Microsoft’s Kinect.
The Kinect is something we’ve been excited about for a while; its motion-sensing technology has the ability to completely change how we play video games.
Cutts thinks the Kinect is exciting, too. On his personal blog, he writes, “Before I joined Google , I was a grad student interested in topics like computer vision, motion self-tracking, laser scanners–basically any neat or unusual sensing device… If I were still in grad school, I’d be incredibly excited–there’s now a $150 off-the-shelf device that provides depth plus stereo and a lot more.”
So Cutts is offering $2,000 in prizes to the people who can come up with the coolest hacks for the Kinect.
A $1,000 prize will be given to the developer or developers who create the best open-source program or demo using the Kinect. A second $1,000 prize will be awarded to the dev or devs who make it simplest to write Kinect programs on Linux .
Cutts notes that devs can use the Kinect without an Xbox attached. The device has a 3-axis accelerometer, a controllable motor and four mics to play with, and its outputs include a 640×480 color video stream and a 320×240 depth stream, which is pictured in the video below.
Some of the projects Cutts imagines could come from this contest include a gesture-based, holographic UI (which we’d love to see and use, ourselves); AR games; and even multi-device setups that allow for true 3D.
What could you imagine doing — or hack, youself — with a Microsoft Kinect?