Microsoft has an art installation. While I'm sure you've never associated Microsoft with artsy stuff, their latest effort is an interesting departure.
The Cube is a neon kaleidoscope cube (who would have thought?) powered by four of Microsoft's Kinect motion-tracking cameras hooked up to four computers.
Attendees of Seattle's Decibel Festival could stand in front of any side of the cube and see a digital avatar reflected.
Not just their image, because the piece digitally represents every other side of the cube at the same time. That means that four people on different sides of a cube can be joined for a digital dance party.
The idea, I think, is to bring people who may not be dancing in sight of each other to vibe off of their unseen dance team's virtual reflection.
Rick Barraza, a "tech evangelist" with Microsoft uses terms like "magic" and "alchemy" according to Microsoft's official blog.
Don't think this tech is cool? I did too. As a Phoenix resident, I have to admit that I saw something similar when I would take my son Ian to our local science museum in the early '00s.
What's so neat about Microsoft's artsy toy?
Microsoft's Kinect has only gotten more powerful since the first version was released a few years ago. This tool is only a small example of what could possibly be done with motion-tracking technology.
People around the world could talk "face to face" with digital avatars created exactly according to their physical bodies. And they're developing the tech to turn any camera into a Kinect, too. That's cool.
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