Kinect lets you make yourself into a Super Hero

….sort of, if you’re a super-smart computer programmer.

Japanese coder Tomoto Washio has utilized some of his hacking skills to employ the Microsoft Kinect technology to transform him into a superhero modeled after Ultra Seven, a legendary superhero figure in Japan.

While Washio may not actually shoot lasers from his hands and don a magical suit, he at least gets to look like he is doing so, thanks to the technology.

I have absolutely no idea how you go about “hacking” such equipment, how you learn how to do such things, or what this could mean for Kinect and video games in the future, especially to those of us who have our own superhero fantasies.

Click below to watch Washio’s video demonstration of his creation and read a little bit of background about what the heck this is all about.

You can also read more about it here at Kinectaku.

Ultra Seven is an old-time tokusatsu superhero in Japan. I developed a Kinect hack to create an Augmented Reality (AR) where you can be Ultra Seven and execute his power. It’s merely a joke program, but I LOVE to make whatever effort for this kind of stuff. I will make the code publicly available some time later.

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