Hack Turns Kinect into a USB Rocket Launcher
It's been out less than a year, but someone has already found a way to turn the Kinect into a weapon. Hacker Jonas Wagner has set up a USB rocket launcher through the system that responds to his hand motions.
Luckily Wagner only has access to rockets made of foam. According to a report by HackADay, Wagner "mounted a webcam to the top of his rocket launcher to record video of his victims, and with a bit of Python along with the libfreenect library" has been able to rain Nerf rockets down on his little brother.
In order to operate the rocket launcher , Wagner just has to pull his hand "out of its holster in dramatic fashion, while the Kinect monitors his movements for tracking purposes. Once the launcher has been armed, the Kinect watches for him to pull his hands out of frame before firing the rocket," explains a report from KinectHacks.
For those of you interested in creating your own home defense system, you can download the source code on GitHub: https://github.com/jwagner/kinect-experiments.
Hackers Turns Google Practical Joke into Real Gesture-Controlled Email
Hacked Robot Uses Microsoft Kinect to See
Motion-Detecting Kinect Robot Could Help Rescue Missions