Microsoft's KinEtre Animates Household Objects

New Kinect technique lets your body control virtual versions of anything

Loading the video player...

Ever wanted to make your bookshelf shake its booty just by shaking your own? Graphics gurus at Microsoft Research have a new system that will let you do just that—possess other inanimate objects around your house or even make images of other people move. The KinÊtre project starts with a KinectFusion scan of an object or person and then animates the image using your own body as a guide.

Microsoft presented the project at the ACM Siggraph Conference on 8 August. IEEE Spectrum Senior Editor Samuel K. Moore had Shahram Izadi and Jiawen “Kevin” Chen explain how it works.