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Xbox Kinect Modded to Work on Mac OS X


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This week saw the release of the long awaited Microsoft Kinect, and already someone has modded it to work on Mac OS X!

Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways without using a controller. Imagine controlling movies and music with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice.

Here is what Mac Life is reporting:

When Microsoft created the Kinect video game controller, they probably didn’t have the Mac in mind for one of the systems it might be able to control. However, a developer by the name of Theo Watson has taken it upon himself to create the software necessary to hookup the camera-based controller to the Mac.

While you cannot yet control anything with the Kinect on the Mac, the potential is there, as the developer shows in the video (embedded below). Currently, the video stream from the camera is able to be captured using an open source PC tool created earlier called libfreenect.

Watson was able to take the open sourced libfreenect tool and create a Mac port that is currently available on his website for those developers interested in hacking around with the Xbox Kinect camera on their Macs.

You can read more information about the port of the libfreenect tools to the Mac and download the software on Theo’s Vimeo video page. As you can see from the video below, there are still a few kinks to get worked out, but there is still hope in knowing that we may soon be able to control Mac and PC video games with this new controller.

Thanks to Mac Life for the video and text.

You can learn more about Microsoft Kinect here.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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