Kinect hack simulates your skeletal X-ray, lets you peer inside…
The odd and interesting Kinect hacks keep rolling in, in part thanks to the official driver release from OpenNI, but also because it seems to have tickled the interests of nerds from all walks of life. Today, some researchers from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, have used Kinect to produce a virtual X-ray that allows users to see the skeleton under their skin.
Rather than trying rather lamely to describe the hack, just watch the video after the break. Basically, the developers have taken a 3D CT scan, and then used the Kinect’s motion- and depth-sensing capabilities to overlay the CT scan on the user’s body. The user can move up and down, rotate and bend, and Kinect successfully keeps up.
Of course, such a system could show a lot more than just bones — it could just as easily render an X-ray of your skin, or musculature. Integrated with Google Body, the user could leaf through his or her entire anatomy.