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Kinect Now Offering Augmented Reality Lightsaber Action

Posted Tue, 23 Nov 2010 by James Newton

One step nearer

One step nearer

Be the Star Wars kid, on PC at least

We've all done it: picked up a stick, pole or golf ball retriever and imagined ourselves as an all-powerful Jedi restoring balance to the Force. Now thanks to Kinect, a PC and a lot of free time, those dreams are one step closer to becoming reality. Or augmented reality, anyway.

The video below shows Kinect running on a PC, overlaying a video effect onto a simple stick. As you can see, the effect is pretty convincing, though we would hope that the upcoming Kinect Star Wars wouldn't suffer from such noticeable input lag.

If the game lets you play as Darth Maul, looks like Microsoft might need to revise its room size guidelines unless it wants an awful lot of smashed TVs.


Tags: Kinect, PC, Technology, Geeky.

User Comments


1. Token_Girl United States 23 Nov 2010, 17:43 GMT

This is awesome, if for no other reason it opens the possibility of using some peripherals in games to make it easier/more realisitic to do the desired actions (like swinging a sword).


2. Ravage Canada 23 Nov 2010, 23:20 GMT

Fairly basic still, seems that something funky will happen if he tilts the end toward himself. However, there are probably plenty of shortcuts they could use to calculate this once they get all of the dimensional functions worked out. That should eliminate the lag we're seeing.

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