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Microsoft can turn ANY video camera into a Kinect

Microsoft can turn ANY video camera into a Kinect
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Giving any normal camera the power to track your movements like the Xbox Kinect's "3-D depth camera" may not be as hard as experts originally believed. The Kinect, if you aren't a gamer (like my son Ian?), is an attachment to the Xbox 360 that tracks your movements.

It lets you control video games with motion, and you may have already seen games like "Just Dance" at Microsoft stores or at people's houses. Guess what? According to Microsoft researchers, this tech could soon be available on any smartphone.

The researchers turned a webcam into a 3-D depth camera by replacing a filter found in most cameras which normally blocks unwanted light with a filter that only allowed infrared light through to the camera's lens. They surrounded the cheap webcam with LED lights, which is how the light source that is tracked by the Kinect.

The technique also worked with a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, so that means you could be seeing a lot more of this tech in the near future.

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