I’ve talked about some of the incredible Kinect hacks out there before. Hackers and tinkers sitting at home, messing around with the 3D camera’s code to create some incredible programs, effects, and games. Now, the Kinect’s non-intended uses are starting to find its way into Japanese marketing. As a bonus feature in a pop-up shop created to promote the upcoming 3D release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society, technology firm Kayac created an interactive simulation of the series’ cyberspace using the Kinect sensor. Patrons can also interact with a Tachikoma while flying around. In GITS, the titlar character Motoko Kusanagi (aka “The Major”) repeatedly ‘dives’ through an iconic version of cyberspace in order to extract information to help solve crimes.
Now I don’t know about you, but after reading this, I can only say two words….DO WANT! I’m really hoping that this finds its way stateside eventually (maybe to promote the 3D re-release on BD, hint hint).
**UPDATE** We now have video footage of the simulator in action! Check it out after the break!