It was only a matter of days after Adafruit Industries put a $3000 bounty on an open source driver for Microsoft’s Kinect than a hacker triumphantly claimed the prize: Could Matt Cutts, the Google engineer who offered two $1000 bounties for creative applications and programming tools for the Kinect, be next to spur lots of hacker creativity in short order? One idea that Cutts proposed in his post was “A Minority Report-style user interface where you can open, move, and close windows with your movements.”
Spurred or unspurred by Cutts, in the video above, YouTube’s floemuc, a.k.a. Florian Echtler, provides a proof-of-concept video using a hacked Kinect for Minority Report-style multitouch. If this is the state of the DIY Kinect movement a week-and-a-half after its release, just think of the possibilities a few months from now.
Below, bonus hack: Video of Kinect running on Mac OS X: