Dancing and Kinect Hack is a Beautiful Friendship

As Senator Tankerbell said, “I wish I could be anywhere people are doing art.” Thanks to Vimeo this time we can. Daniel Franke’s
“unnamed soundsculpture” is a “moving sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person”

Images from three Kinect devices let them collect a 3D point cloud, a digital camera, and a musical piece called Kreukeltape by Machinefabriek came together to create this beautiful work.

To show more about how Daniel Franke and Cedric Kiefer also created a short documentary video.

Kinect Hack that Puts You in Skyrim!

Would you like to play Bethesda’s epic role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in virtual reality? Sure, we all do. Well, Chris Zaharia of Zookai actually shows you how it can be done. Disclaimer: Only the totally dedicated need attempt!

With the setup he describes you’ll be able to move through PC games such as Skyrim through Virtual Reality with items you can buy retail today, including Kinect!

“With this setup you will be able to move through the game and look around naturally,” Zaharia explains. “You’ll be using the head mounted display to make you feel like you’re inside the game, the head tracking will let you look around the world, the motion tracking allows you to move naturally in real life to correspond to actions in the game, and some basic speech recognition to do more abstract tasks such as navigating through a menu or initiating a chat with NPCs.”

Chris even offers a video and photos to assist brave adventurers. He also offers to help when he can via his blog.

We haven’t been able to confirm if this works, but I’ve brought it to the attention of resident wizards and I’m hopeful that they’ll take up the challenge. If they don’t I can only assume that they used to be an adventurer like you, then they took an arrow in the knee.

Sorry! I had to do it! I used to not use overworked memes, but then I took an arrow to the knee. GAH! Help me! I can’t stop!

All Your Favorite Pixar Characters Are Ready to Play in Kinect Rush!

As Woody said in Pixar blockbuster Toy Story, “Reach for the sky!” He’s just one of the amazing friends you’ll get to play with in the highly anticipated Kinect Rush. 

Who isn’t a fan of Pixar’s biggest hits The Incredibles, UP, Ratatouille, and Cars? Now you’ve got the ability to literally jump into these five open worlds to help Buzz, Lightning, Remi and many more of your favorite characters solve puzzles, fight Omnibots, race, run, and fly. You can even invite a friend along in the adventures.

If you want a second opinion, Wired Dad Andy Robertson had some thoughts on the game as well. As a Xbox LIVE Gold Member if you want to try before you buy you can download a demo of Kinect Rush to your Xbox 360. As Up’s Charles Muntz said, “Adventure is out there!” Go have some!

Dragon’s Lair is More Fun with Kinect!

Today, over on our sister blog, PlayXBLA they announced that legendary, quick-time event adventure game Dragon’s Lair will soon come to it’s 67th platform when it launches later this year on Xbox Live Arcade!

What’s more is that this time you can control the actions of this daring adventurer with Kinect! You’ll find your way through the classic castle of the dark wizard Mordroc. Face the [SPOILER ALERT! Stop reading if you’ve never played Dragon’s Lair. Also, WOW how’d you do that? This game is on 66 different platforms! It’s been around since 1983] evil dragon Singe to rescue the screamy Princess Daphne!

To take a look at some sweet high-def screens and additional details head over to Playxbla.com!