Another day, another Kinect hack. The Microsoft motion-control camera is fast becoming the go-to Augmented Reality accessory for the geek set. This week’s demo has a decidedly medical bent; the magic mirror project lets you see a real time view of “your” skeleton like a real-time x-ray.
The cross section isn’t actually the user’s skeleton but a volume visualization of a medical data set. Still, the corresponding programming magic is still impressive. The whole thing uses the Kinect for tracking and then has a simple mask revealing the skeleton underneath.
The project was made at the Technische Universitat Munchen in Germany as one of several Medical Augmented Reality projects as the university. Since the overlay isn’t actually of your own skeleton, it’s probably not accurate enough for, say, surgery or setting bones, but it’s not hard to imagine it being used for chiropractics a few revisions down the line or just for the basic medical education suggested on the project site. Or if you’re less interested in the advancement of medicine it can just be a pretty kicking display at your next Halloween party.