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Xbox Kinect hacks set innovation in motion

Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 was launched in November 2010. The motion-sensor device has prompted a surge in creativity as software developers use the technology for novel uses.

 Microsoft's popular Kinect for Xbox 360 has inspired countless ingenious "hacks" since its launch at the end of 2010.
The motion-sensing device has been modified to produce everything from real-time light sabers to nifty trash bins which catch your garbage (however bad your aim), proving a catalyst for creativity and invention.
Today, Kinect's reach extends far beyond its gaming origins, spurring advances in medical treatment.

Researchers at the UK's University of Southampton, for example, are using the technology to help patients recovering from a stroke.
A specially devised algorithm enables therapists to remotely track patients' hand and finger movements and guide them through exercises which compliment a wider program of physiotherapy.
"It widens our opportunities to make rehabilitation more accessible to people in their homes," says Cheryl Metcalf, lecturer in Biomechanics at Southampton.

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