I was hoping that people would take the Kinect, Microsoft’s new controller-less gaming add-on for their XBox360 games console, and somehow hack it into an affordable motion capture system for low budget filmmakers. But I didn’t expect the progress to be so rapid. Already cropping up on YouTube are videos of people using it to control virtual puppets, and using two of them at once as a real time 3D scanner. The future looks bright not just for controller-less gaming, but for low budget filmmakers. To complete the circle, here’s an actual real puppet reviewing the Kinect – a device which might not only cause the demise of his own felty kind, but by the end of the video seems to cause his.
I blather about Kinect for filmmakers for five minutes on AudioBoo here.