May 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM ET
If there was ever a first-person game I'd like to see get the Kinect treatment, "Portal 2" is it.
Apparently a clever Kinect hacker thought just the same thing. But unlike me, he actually has the skills to make my daydreams a reality.
Going by the name Cooleybrad08, this tech tinkerer has posted a video on YouTube showing how he hacked the Kinect so he could play "Portal 2" using his body movements.
Though I'm not sure the below hack looks like the most efficient ... or most fun ... way to play the game, it's certainly an interesting start.
As Cooleybrad08 explains, he used FAAST (the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit) to map the keyboard strokes to certain body moments. You can watch how Kinect eyes his movements in the upper right hand corner. Stepping forward makes him move forward in the game. Stepping back moves him backwards. Pushing his left and right hands forward fires the blue and orange portals.
The folks at USC's Institute for Creative Techologies did something did something similar with FAAST, "World of Warcraft" and Kinect.
But if Move motion controls are more your style...
No, you can't actually play "Portal 2" with actual Sony Move controllers. However, a company that makes handheld controllers similar to Move controls is showing off how they can be used with "Portal 2." These Razer Hydra controls are used with PC games, not console games.
Check it out.
Surely GLaDOS would approve of these technological innovations. For science.
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