Hacker launches USB-powered foam missiles using Kinect

By on April 12, 2011
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Then uses an iPad to deflect one.

While developers still figure out how to control weapons in-game using Kinect, hacker Jonas Wagner may have found a trick to possibly controlling actual weapons using Microsoft’s magical motion sensor.

With a bit of Python and libfreenect library trickery, Wagner connected a USB-powered foam missile launcher with Kinect, and began cubicle dominance while doing a Kevin Butler phew-phew action, sans the sound. The launcher would react to the position of Wagner’s arms (he attached a webcamera so we could get a first person view), and which would fire when he would ‘holster’ his ‘weapon’. It’s all there in the video below.

Apple never promised a durable back casing for its iPad, but it sure can deflect a foam missile!


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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