Now, embrace your inner Jedi: Kinect for Windows helps unleash the Force


“Star Wars” fans know that telekinesis, the ability to move physical objects by using mental energy, is a major aspect of the Force. (Note: you may recall Darth Vader telekinetically choking Admiral Motti in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”).

The developers at ELEKS Labs decided to unleash the Force using a Kinect for Xbox One sensor, a Sphero 2.0 and an app they developed and posted on GitHub. Using the Sphero was “a natural,” as it’s the basis of the BB-8 robot in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” writes the Kinect for Windows Team.

Watch the video to see how ELEKS Labs’ app enables users to control the movement of a Sphero by gesturing with their hand. The Kinect sensor detects the gestures and the ELEKS code translates them into commands that get the Sphero rolling around in response.

To learn more, visit the Kinect for Windows Product Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff