Zombies don’t have to be scary – especially when kids can create them in their own image. Using the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and an app called YAKiT, children can step into the role of the undead and see it come to life using performance-based animation. Like so many who use the Kinect sensor, kids don’t need a laundry list of instructions to use it. They just step in front of it, creep like zombies and instantly, their animated figures move like them, sparking a cacophony of giggles.
While the latest version of Kinect has been available since the launch of Xbox One, the preorder of the Kinect for Windows version becomes available for all developers today. Both sensors are built on a set of shared technologies.
Companies such as Freak’n Genius, the Seattle-based company behind YAKit, have already had the chance to try the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor through its Developer Preview Program. “It’s so magical, honestly,” says Kyle Kesterson, Freak’n Genius founder. “We put people in front of it, and they light up without even having to do anything.”