Microsoft's Kinect has been wielded for numerous applications, but now it has been used to create a giant eyeball that follows you round the room. The team at The Technology Studio put this homemade Eye of Sauron together using a Kinect, a PC and a Puffersphere. The Puffersphere, a spherical display system from the company …
When the pufferfish site recovers from the onslaught I'll have a closer look because its dead right now :S
...that is all.
One accessory to rule them all
Neat, but surely nothing that couldn't be done with a cheap £10 webcam and facetracking software. It seems that any old idea + Kinect is a shortcut into tech news websites.
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The Kinect uses infrared to better detect your position meaning this will work in poor contrast conditions or poor light.
Re: Not really
Even if the Kinnect is betterat locating people, they haven't used it in this demo. They don't appear to have calculated depth, only angle. Note how the eye looks out past the cameraman at the extreme angles -- it doesn't even know that it's in a different location from the camera.
Not technically impressive.
Can also be achieved...
Simply by using OpenCV you can track a person in a 2D image, kinect isn't useful for this any more than a basic webcam would be
i want one for xmas kthxbye!
I have always had a dream of my flat screen TV with either the HAL or Auto (HAL knock-off from WALL-E) interface on it and responding to voice commands. Some day perhaps... a fellow can dream can't he?
Screw Xmas I want it now!.
Have one in the window, so that when someone comes to the door it activates muahahaha Just the thing for dealing with those pesky Jehovah's Witnesses
A friend tells me that it's her sword and cloak which scares the bible thumpers: that and pitching her voice lower than they expect. "Come in, I've been waiting for you."
You could put a bunch of tentacles around the base of one of these and tell Lucy Orr that it's a World of Warcraft raid boss. She'd love it.
According to the linked article:
"...the projector’s super-special Super Umami lens...."
Super Umami eh? I want one. If the novelty wears off I can always eat it and enjoy the fantastic flavour.