New Kinect hack lets you control Windows 7 and browsers

A new Kinect hack by a group of students at MIT Media Lab allows you to control Windows 7 and even browsers using only your hands. The Star Wars force-like gesture movements can navigate web pages, your operating system and even potentially control desktop applications.

Since the release of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect, the hacking community has been working to create open-source drivers and applications for Kinect to use on your desktop computer. The Kinect was hacked within three days of its release, and already has spawned a number of creative developers, including a Star Wars light saber application, a Minority Report style control, and a 3D demonstration. Engadget posted that one group came up with a solution that allows Kinect to communicate with JavaScript, essentially allowing you to navigate and surf the web.

The amazing thing about being able to control your PC using 'the force' within you, is that you can do it with a friend. The software is not only multitouch, but multiuser as well. Based on the video, two users can take control of images as the same time, allowing you to collaborate with each other on projects and tasks. The software is still very early in development, but the potential to finally use your Star Wars skills on your PC is just around the corner.

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Looks promising. Its amazing really how we have all jumped on this. Imagine what they could do with a bit more tech in the Kinnect. This could be huge for Windows 8, that and a updated Explorer capable of displaying much more info. OK now Ive got too excited lol.

I'd love to see this changed from the movement of just a finger.. the less movement the better for your hands and arms regardless if your using a mouse or not. Raising just a finger to direct everything would be good.

Bizarre to see how the trend is going away from tiny movements on a keyboard/mouse/trackpad to massive hand gestures. Seems a bit backwards.
Think how little you need to move your hand on a mouse to achieve all of that. Is this really a good thing?

ThomMcK said,
Bizarre to see how the trend is going away from tiny movements on a keyboard/mouse/trackpad to massive hand gestures. Seems a bit backwards.
Think how little you need to move your hand on a mouse to achieve all of that. Is this really a good thing?

I would that loved to simply go down this page with my finger, read your comment, "pinch" on the Reply button and now type my reply to you.

Shiranui said,
Nice, but not very economical movement-wise.

Not really IMHO.There are mouses and keyboards which cost much more and still people buy them.

Combination of mouse/keyboard/moves would be great, specialy when doing presentations in a classroom. Nice future on this.

It looks very Minority Report, but as I expected, not good for day-to-day use. I mean, we all want to get lazy and fat with a computer, not make it a theater play.

Luis Mazza said,
It looks very Minority Report, but as I expected, not good for day-to-day use. I mean, we all want to get lazy and fat with a computer, not make it a theater play.
very early in development' they are just figuring out whats possible, like other advancements any uses of this that become mainstream will go through the mass user gauntlet!

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microsoft should have released it as a cross platform device in the first place but maybe it just wasn't there intentions with kinect, and possibly there working on something for windows.

Love the potential stuff to come with Kinect! Not only official stuff on the xbox but also now the PC community too!
Looks like it will be a good £120 investment after all.

Why does Microsoft need to invest millions of pounds into using the Kinect system on Windows? They Don't. The IT community will do it for them... For Free.

ryan9523 said,
does anyone else have the sudden undying urge to go and buy one now?

no, but I'll buy yours second hand for half price after the novelty wears off in about 2 days time

dvb2000 said,

no, but I'll buy yours second hand for half price after the novelty wears off in about 2 days time

You are amusing.

ahhell said,
Infinitely cooler than Move.
Just think of what you can do with Kinect in a year or 2.

like play and shoot in fps?

Magallanes said,

like play and shoot in fps?


Rofl, funny. But I think he means what you can do with it on your computer (hack-wise), etc.

early early stages of something great to come in the years ahead of us. Until then its more effective to stick with the mouse for a very long time ahaha.