If flat surface doesn’t cut it anymore, then the Kinect has provided users with the ability to project a human head to a spherical object. The result then is a full-dimensional display of the avatar’s head. Wole Oyekoya sent us this Kinect hack wherein he programed a digital avatar to be displayed to an electronic sphere. The Kinect handles the head tracking of the user, properly adjusting the image on the sphere based on the user’s position. In this video, the Magic Planet Display shows the digital image of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. If the user tilts his head, the image of the sphere follows. A lot of possibility in terms of communication can be made with the Magic Planet and the Kinect. Instead of just flat surfaces, users can interact with a display that is shaped like a human head, adding depth and realism to the conversation.
For more information about Kinect Animated Sphere, visit the project’s Youtube Page.