We all know Microsoft's motion- and voice-controlled Xbox accessory can enhance your games, but its greatest achievement so far has perhaps been in the way it's breathed fresh life into the DIY hacking community. Kinect's array of sensors have been put to all sorts of weird and wonderful non-gaming uses, and you can follow all the past, current, and future developments in that field right here.
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Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK have built a self-contained Kinect unit which runs on battery power and uses Wi-Fi for communication.
Blogger Chad Ruble has created an innovative, gesture-powered interface for his aphasia-suffering mother, using Microsoft's Kinect accessory to help her send simple emails.
Running at London's Tate Gallery earlier this month, "Fearful Symmetry" used a set of three Kinect sensors to interact with visitors.
Japanese modder FRP has created the Smart Trashbox -- a Kinect-controlled waste basket that automatically tracks and catches airborne pieces of trash.
Researchers are developing a new kind of satellite that utilizes Kinect for spatial awareness, potentially allowing them to join together in space.
A new Kinect hack features a flexible interface to create a touch screen-like interface with an extra layer of depth.
Ubi Interactive is working on a system that uses a projector in combination with a Kinect sensor to create a touchscreen that can be cast onto just about any surface.
Premium Agency's LiveAR lets users interact with Kinect, digital signage, and other video cameras by throwing up CG elements from an iPad app.
Researchers from Microsoft and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois have created a prototype system called LightGuide that could help with that and more — it projects visual feedback onto users' arms to help teach them correct movements for a variety of tasks.
The Augmented Reality Sandbox uses a Kinect sensor and a projector to create an interactive topographical map with real-time water simulations, and the best thing about it is that it looks very simple to operate. The sandbox is intended to be installed at museums to help introduce topographical lines, elevation maps, and how and where lakes form to young visitors.
Bastian Broecker's amazing coffee table uses Microsoft's Kinect sensor, infrared lasers, a PlayStation Eye, and head tracking software to create a 3D augmented reality experience.
Berklee College's Rethink Music conference isn't just for those in the music business — over the weekend, Boston-based music intelligence company the Echo Nest sponsored a "hackathon" at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center.
Crunchy Logistics has just unveiled its Padzilla Too video display, which blows up a new iPad's display to 24 x 12 feet and uses a Microsoft Kinect sensor to pick up gestures.