Kinect + Javascript hack shows potential for web interfaces

Developed by the clever folks at MIT Media Lab – Fluid Interfaces Group, DepthJS is a web browser extension that allows any any web page to interact with Microsoft Kinect via Javascript. Released last night this video shows the potential that DepthJS has for developers and is open source, and available to download at GitHub.

DepthJS has a plethora of possibilities for online interfaces including full screen presentations, or indeed some flash games. With no need for any pointer device to navigate around an interface, it may even evolve into a multitouch remote control plugin for our home theater PCs.

Let’s hope that the hacking community picks up the work and continues to evolve what could be an everyday part of the way we interact with web applications in the future. It’s another example of how great technology can be once it is open. Microsoft , having seen the potential interest, and homebrew projects using Kinect to break out in the past week – have since backpedelled on their original stance, denying that the platform has been ‘hacked’ in the truest sense of the word.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

DepthJS from Fluid Interfaces on Vimeo.


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  1. That’s what I love about the Kinect, is the fact that the most exciting part of the accessory isn’t what it was intended for. This was always supposed to be a gaming experience. What Microsoft is finding out is that they have a real gem at a great pricepoint.

    I mean look what they are doing now adays! Autonomously driving robots and thats only the beginning of what this thing will be capable of doing.

    I mean look at the Kinect hacking community at Open Kinect. They even are having Meetups now around public cities demonstrating the latest hacks in real time.

    Amazing community and I look forward to more of these.

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