The combination of a hacked Kinect and a projector has made for some pretty creative hacks, including the Surface-like example above. A hack just popped up this morning that shows off this combination in a decidedly charming way: Kinect shadow puppets. Theo Watson has created a program with a hacked Kinect that recognizes the elbow, forearm, wrist, fingers, and thumb in the classic "bird" shape.
The project interprets your bird-like arm posture as if you were making a shadow puppet: Opening and closing your hand like a beak causes the cute, bird-from-Up-like avian to do the same, and let off a chirp. This kind of hack is super simple, but surprisingly polished and, obviously, adorable.
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