Kinect hack controls a USB rocket launcher

There are now hundreds of Microsoft Kinect hacks in the hacking community right now. When you have hacks such as the Super Saiyan impersonator and the robot controller too, it didn't take too long for someone to figure out how to control a rocket launcher connected to the Kinect with just their hands.

Jonas Wagner (also known as Youtube user "jwagner29a") created the gun shooting mod using Python script with Libfreenect (a driver) and Pyrocket (software for USB control). The project was made mainly because Jonas had an old USB foam-dart rocket launcher toy hanging around. The hack picks up the motion of Jonas's hand, and follows it around the room. When he had is out of the frame, it shoots the unsuspecting prey.

Check out the video to see Jonas attack his little brother and iPad 2. If you want to give this hack a try, grab your (USB) weapon of choice and get the source code on Github.

via Hack A Day]

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