Kinect can now do multitouch, and Mac OS X

By on November 12, 2010, 7:24 PM

Florian Echtler and Theo Watson have managed to hook up the Kinect motion controller into two separate software libraries. Echtler used his own libTISCH library to demonstrate multitouch capabilities while Watson ported over libfreenect, the open source Kinect drivers, to work with Mac OS X.

In his demo, Echtler shows off multitouch picture shuffling and zooming. It's not exactly multitouch as we currently know it, because there's no actual touching involved (remember, there's no touchscreen). Nevertheless, the system reacts just like it would for multitouch, except with full body tracking. We could call it multipoke or multipoint, but it just doesn't have the same ring to it.

"Here's my proof-of-concept HD video of using a hacked Kinect camera for multitouch-like interaction," the description for the video reads. "I thought I'd get the mandatory picture-browsing stuff done so it's out of the way and everybody can focus on more interesting things."

Watson, meanwhile, has released a video showing a Mac OS X port. He doesn't seem real excited about it, but that could be because he's exhausted after all the coding. Kinect on OS X doesn't currently work the same way as it does on Windows 7, where you have complete control over its motors. Nevertheless, the potential is certainly there.

All of what you see above is possible thanks to the open source Kinect drivers that were released earlier this week. Without them, it would be impossible to have the Kinect interacting with anything but the Xbox 360. Everything you've seen is a work in progress (the device hasn't even been out for two weeks!), so you can expect more to come.

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madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The Full Body tracking coupled with multitouch technology... Now THAT sounds useful compared to playing games. Redmond, make it so~

DSparil said:

They should have demoed this:

Now that's interactivity. Adding a whole new family fun of Kinectivity

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

coming soon for Windows and Kinect: Jumping jack fitness for girls with DD (please enable webcam for best results)

edison5do said:

Nice, Im wondering how it would be to get to your house and say, "Computer, Chrome, go to techSpot, Music... without even touch your pc.... that would be great!!

Guest said:

It won't take long for porn games to be marketed as Kinect multitouch

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Yey, touchscreen without fingerprints!!!!!

Sign me up. Smaller form factor, cut the distance reqs to be about 2 feet from monitor, about a hundred bucks, I'm sold.

Add to that a tablet input device, along with an old school keyboard for long typing sessions, and you're probably all set in the input department until VR comes along.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Ok can Apple now claim that MS's faulty equipment is the source of 'inappropriate (virtual) touching of its quality equipment' ?

treetops treetops said:

Holograms + kinect = win for everyone

sMILEY4ever said:

Dsparil said:

Now that's interactivity. Adding a whole new family fun of Kinectivity

LOL, I must say, that looked painful.

jsquirre said:

add this to security systems. to detect threats.

rizalp said:

Guest said:

It won't take long for porn games to be marketed as Kinect multitouch

LOL, i like this. Maybe they can extend it to sex exercise eh =p

spyx said:

As a programmer I am amazed by the speed of which the Kinect was broken, for two reasons

1. The guy who broke this must have some time on his hands, not to mention 3000 dollars was involved, anyways it is truly awesome how fast he broke it

2. Im surprised Microsoft had left it like this, I heard that they said it was "Un tamperable" or something along those lines, goes to show hackers will always be on the top.

Guest said:

I am shocked that nobody at Redmond foresaw the myriad of possible applications for this technology. Did anyone there see 'Minority Report'?

The marketing department conceived it as a mere game controlling device...

I believe that in a near future a new product must appear dedicated to a more generic usage, such as GUI manipulation or even changing TV channels, for instance.

fadownjoo said:

rofl the future of holographic porn games....

fritz123 said:

its amazing how people buy hardware and try to use them for things they are not intended for. the developers are headed the wrong direction. seem like a lot of people here at the comments section want somethings else

Hargert said:

Yes it should be interesting to see what people come up with to use this besides a game controller. Also it is sad that the concept interfaces that people are coming up with work better then the hold hand method that MS came up with for the 360. MS should have used something that was more point and swipe like this shows.

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