We have posted a few stories about people using the Microsoft Kinect device to control all sorts of thing away from the Xbox, but this is the first one we have posted that might be of real interest to a lot of people – and its called KinEmote. So how long I wonder until a Media Center version?
KinEmote is an easy-to-use application that allows Windows users to navigate the menus of Boxee and XBMC media portals using nothing but hand gestures that are captured by Microsoft’s Kinect or any other OpenNI compliant camera.
John Simons and Joel Griffin Dodd release ‘KinEmote’ remote control software for MicroSoft Windows and Kinect.
KinEmote is an easy-to-use application that allows Windows users to navigate the menus of Boxee and XBMC media portals using nothing but hand gestures that are captured by MicroSoft’s Kinect camera.
“Many developers are doing wonderful things with the Kinect camera,” says Griffin Dodd, “While many of these projects are extremely impressive, they haven’t really provided the casual user with something they can enjoy on a daily basis. That’s why we developed KinEmote, a practical application that anyone can just install and use. Of course we also wanted to give people something fun to play with for Christmas”.
KinEmote is built around OpenNI and NITE Middleware provided by PrimeSense Inc. “I’m really impressed that PrimeSense stepped up and released open source software for anyone to develop around.” says Simons, “They have inspired developers like myself to try something new in the hope of giving back to the community as a whole. Projects like XBMC are wonderful examples of the power of open source, I’m glad we can support Boxee & XBMC in a new way by providing practical tools to leverage the power of the awesome Kinect hardware.”
You can watch a video of it in action below: