Posted by Raine Hutchens on Nov 22, 2010

Kinect Brings Shadow Puppets To A Whole New Level

Remember the days where it took the very least to amuse us and keep us entertained for hours? Ah, the good old days. Well, with Kinect we have a way to relive one of the best past times of our childhood – with shadow puppets.

In a demonstration by Design I/O, we see how Kinect is used to make shadow puppets come to life. Kinect’s software not only recognizes the X and Y axes of your arm’s positions, but also its Z axis, which means that you can turn your hands toward you and Kinect would sense this. In essence, you would be turning a shadow puppet towards you and speak to it, and Kinect would sense it.

“We can do stuff when another person touches the projection, or is near – i.e. have the birds react, stare, etc,” the team notes in comments on the video. “For the simple silhouette isolation you are right, the Kinect just makes it super easy – but for what we have in mind there will be a lot of fun stuff we can add using the device.”

With this kind of concept, what else do you think we could bring to life with Kinect? Take a look at the demonstration below.


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Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo.

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