Kinect, A Cheap Motion Capture Device For Game Developers?

17/06/2010

Microsoft ‘Kinect,’ Controller-Free Gaming System, Senses Players’ Motions

Kinect recognizes player’s movements and voices , and enables users to interact with their existing Xbox 360s and some games without a handheld controller. “You are the controller,” said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business. “You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.” Using full body motion capture, voice recognition and facial recognition, the device offers a new level of interaction that goes beyond immersive motion-controlled video games.

So what does this means? Personally I think this is a great Product for multiple goals. Having fun with your Xbox 360 and Capture Animations for 3ds Max, Maya ??

The Kinect device is probably powered with a USB Connector and has 3 Camera’s Build in Two 3D Cameras and 1 RGB Camera. The RGB Camera works like a normal Webcam and the 2 3D Camera’s Probably working the same but sends other information. So if hobbyist programmers creates drivers for Windows so the Kinect is recognized we could use this powerful device as a Motion Capture Device for Game Character Animations. And not spending¬†thousands¬†euros on a Motion Capture Suite or days of animating characters.

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