In this DIY project, a blogger known only as ‘nitrogen‘ makes use of the libfreenect library programming tool to turn the Kinect’s cameras into a home automation sensor of sorts.
The camera detects whether anyone is in the room, and where that person is located. It then uses that information–along with a set of programmed rules–to take appropriate action. For example, it’ll dim the lights if you sit down to watch a movie, or it’ll switch them off if nobody is in the room. It’s a perfectly geeky way of saving energy!
Watch the video below to see the hack in action:
Saving energy and saving lives–is there anything a hacked Kinect can’t do? Check out Nitrogen’s blog for more information on this latest hack.