It would be fair to say that a lot of hardcore World of Warcraft gamers do not live the most active of lifestyles, however a new Kinect hack created by the University of Southern California may help change this.
The USC has created the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), this basically maps body movements to keypresses, if you scroll down to the end of this post you can see a video showing how this toolkit makes playing WoW a far more involved affair.
FAAST is middleware which can be used alongside Kinect to control all types of off-the-shelf video games, obviously at the moment it is a work-in-progress, however the more success this project sees shows the true potential of the Kinect sensor and what it can bring to Xbox 360 titles.
At the moment Kinect titles are very Wii-like and aimed towards children, however it is thought that a Kinect firmware update will unlock its true potential and make it a game changer, perhaps we will see it used in future Xbox 360 RPGs, first-person shooter and action games, FAAST certainly shows that Kinect has the potential to do more then control simple avatars.
If you own Kinect and would like to try out FAAST it can be downloaded here, the site contains all of the relevant information so read it all before trying it out.
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