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USC Researchers Hack Microsoft Kinect

USC Researchers Hack Microsoft Kinect - Researchers at USC have hacked a Microsoft Kinect camera and gotten it to control the hugely popular computer game, World of Warcraft.

And the software they used to pull it off, known as Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit or FAAST, is downloadable for free online. CAT_SE_3D_RGB_NA_RTsm

FAAST, built by USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, allows users to play computer games with a Kinect motion-sensor camera by translating body movements into the inputs that would otherwise be triggered a keyboard and mouse, or a gaming controller with joysticks and buttons.

USC Researchers Hack Microsoft Kinect

A video on YouTube from the researchers shows off FAAST controlling World of Warcraft, a hugely popular computer game in which players control a customized character in a land of witches and knights and gnomes.

In the video, Skip Rizzo, one of the researchers, touts the software and motion-sensing camera such as the Kinect as a tool toward healthier lives for those who spend hours a day playing computer games.

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/12/microsoft-kinect-hacked-to-play-world-of-warcraft-by-usc-researchers-faast.html

USC Researchers Hack Microsoft Kinect

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