Microsoft Kinect Hacked to play World of Warcraft

by James

Researchers slash their way thought World of Warcraft thanks to the Kinect

Living Rooms all around the world are shaking with fear of users actually taking swords and attacking their big screens thanks to a new hack for the Microsoft Kinect that allows gamers to play World of Warcraft without a keyboard.

It’s no secret that the Kinect is rapidly becoming the most hacked device since the Hackintosh, but students at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies have takent he next step in developing a software hack which enables gamers to use the motion device to immerse themselves even deeper into the online Mid-evil world.

The hack is called the “Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, (FAAST) and it uses full-body motion control. Gamer can not only wield a sword or axe to take out a feisty orc, but they can also cast spells, making it nirvana for those who secretly love to dress up to play their favorite game. And it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to use their light saber collection to battle someone online.

But with everyone creating bold new uses for the Kinect and porting it over to the PC, the sky is truly the limit for what can be done with this game changing device. And it makes the world of Minority Report that much closer, but in a bold and exciting way. Imagine editing video’s just with a snip of your fingers and a wave of your hand? Designing in CAD programs Tony Stark style. And getting rid of the keyboard forever?

It’s not just for games anymore and that’s a cool thing.

Hat Tip – GizmoWatch

3 reviews or comments

Carlton Says: January 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I watched the video of this on Geek Beat TV with Cali Lewis, and I was just plain mesmerized! The future is here, folks.

Mr Banks Says: January 19, 2011 at 3:28 am

Wow this is really amazing.. too bad I can’t play WoW but think of the possibilities this would bring to other gaming platforms like COD 4!!

JPMusiclife Says: August 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Sweet! They should hack it to be able to play Fighting Games online!

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