World of Warcraft played using Kinect

By on January 4, 2011

Make gestures, not war.

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Kinect has been hacked so many times, and in so many ways, we have actually lost count. So we are just going to present this without boring you with previous details (not that we can, we have lost count remember?).

An institute for Creative Technologies, based out of University of Southern Carolina, led by Evan Suma has created an open-source ‘middle-ware’ that allows players to control World of Warcraft with physical gestures using Microsoft’s motion-camera Kinect.

The software is called FAAST, or Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (yeah, we are just going to call it FAAST), which translates gestures into keyboard commands – so it’s like custom keyboard mapping but with physical movements instead of keys.

Currently FAAST is pretty basic, with left hand for controlling the camera, right hand to select attacks, and hunching for character movement, but the devs say the repertoire of gestures will increase over the next few weeks.

Of course, the program is no replacement for the keyboard and mouse. “If you’re in casual play, at a basic level you can go around and do enough spells for common tasks. You can grind for leveling, go on quests … but this isn’t going to be a substitute for your keyboard and mouse,” said Suma.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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