Okay, so we have seen some pretty cool stuff being tweaked out of Kinect – it was attached to a copter which detected path and obstacles, a bunch of MIT dudes coded individual finger tracking on the camera, and of course, like all great technologies, it was manipulated to develop a sex game. But this new app, called KinEmote, could be the first fully-working hack for Microsoft’s camera.
KinEmote can control XBMC and Boxee by detecting and registering hand gestures. In the video below, a user navigates through a music collection, selects a song and switches to visualization by using hand movements. The user then does the same with a movies collection, play and pausing the movie by doing a clicking gesture with his palm.
The developers have released the application for free as a Christmas gift. As noted by the developer, “we also wanted to give people something fun to play with for Christmas.” The app works not only on Kinect, but also with any OpenNI compliant camera.