10 Videos Every Kinect Fan Should See

If Kinect for Xbox 360 isn’t on your holiday wish list it just may be after seeing these awesome videos. Xbox’s new controller-free gaming experience not only looks cool on its own, but since its launch it has inspired a major hackathon, with computer geniuses making the Kinect do all sorts of amazing things, from controlling old school Nintendo games to recognizing objects and more. If you are already a fan of Kinect these videos are a must see, and if you aren’t, these videos are sure to make you go crazy for Kinect.

Before we get into the Kinect hack videos, here’s a video demo of a few of the features offered by the product at the E3 Expo back in June. Pretty cool, eh?

Kinect as a Nintendo controller on the PC

And to start the ball rolling with our fun Kinect videos, here’s my personal favorite – using the Kinect as a Nintendo controller on the PC to play a selection of Super Mario Bros. games. The brains behind the project, YouTuber yankeyan, explains how he did it in the description of his video saying, “I programmed it to recognize my motions and passed the virtual button presses to the NES emulator…Of course, Mario isn’t designed to be played like this, so this is really really hard.”

3D Video Capture with Kinect

This next video has been the most popular Kinect video on YouTube so far, with over 1.6 million views. The video illustrates how the Kinect can be used to capture 3D images.

Teaching Kinect to recognize objects on the PC

YouTuber yankeyan, from the Nintendo video above, is back and this time he’s taught the to recognize objects. Check out the two videos below, in which he teaches Kinect to look at and name various stuffed animals. Pretty impressive, indeed.

Hector Martin: Hack & Laser Tracking Projection

Hector Martin was one of the first people to create an open source driver for the Kinect, enabling other Kinect hackers to create all sorts of cool projects like those we’ve seen so far. He was able to create a fully open source Kinect driver within three hours after the European launch of the Kinect.

In the videos below he demos his open source Kinect driver, as well as puts it to the test with lasers.

Real time lightsaber on the Kinect on PC

Yankeyan is back again, and this time he’s giving Star Wars Kid a run for his money by creating a real time light saber on the Kinect. Using OpenKinect, he has the Kinect track a wooden stick and turn it into an awesome light saber.

Multitouch with hacked Kinect (HD)

This proof-of-concept video shows how Kinect can be used for multi-touch interaction. It’s simple and just shows how photos can be moved and resized, but it really does illustrate the power of this type of system and what we may see in future devices.

Kinect Controls Windows 7

This video takes the previous proof-of-concept clip to the next level, using multi-touch with Kinect to control Windows 7. Even two people are able to move photographs around on screen at the same time.

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This guy uses Kinect on OSX to draw a 3D doodle in mid air!

Kinect GEL Ride

Not that good at video games? Well it seems that with Kinect anybody can win. Check out this hilarious video of a guy playing Kinect Joy Ride. He doesn’t move an inch and still manages to come in third place and even get a new lap record along the way!

Xbox Kinect FAIL!!! (original)

Finally, we just had to include this last video to illustrate the dangers of playing multi-player games on Kinect. Ouch!