Shadow Puppet Upgrade With Kinect Hack

Hey Xbox 360 Kinect owners now you can spice up family shadow puppet shows with upgrade of world’s greatest shadow puppet by Kinect hack.This installation prototype created by Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson using an Xbox Kinect connected to a laptop using the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect…..

The release of open source drivers for Kinect has opened the flood gates on experimentation with the motion controller, and this latest project should be picked up and released as an official Kinect game in our opinion.Using the libfreenect drivers and openFrameworks, Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson have created a digital shadow puppet show like no other. The Kinect is used to do skeleton tracking on the arm of the puppeteer. It determines where the shoulder, elbow, and wrist are and then uses their movement to affect the movement of the colorful character projected on the wall. Fingertips are also tracked allowing the brid’s beak to open and close.The end result is the best shadow puppet show I’ve ever seen, and something that’s sure to enthrall young children sitting around the world.

Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo.


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