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NPR Kinect Story Features Mark Bolas and Belinda Lange’s Jewel Mine Game

story on NPR’s All Things Considered covered the many ways researchers and others are modifying the Microsoft Kinect. For the story reporter Alex Schmidt spoke to Mark Bolas, ICT’s associate director for mixed reality and an associate professor in the Interactive Media Division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, about the trend.

“I remember getting this wrench with my father when I was 13 or 14 years old,” said Bolas. “And then with it, I could start working on my bicycle. And I got into motorcycles and all these things that I could build. The wrenches of today aren’t physical. They’re the software wrenches.”

Schmidt also visited a USC rehabilitation research clinic with Belinda Lange who leads the motor rehab group in ICT’s Medical Virtual Reality Lab. In the story Lange takes a patient through Jewel Mine, the Kinect-based motor rehab tool she developed, which gets a postive review from patient Stacey Holmes.

“It causes you to try things at a pace and a precision that you wouldn’t otherwise try to do,” he said.

Listen to the story.

Kotaku calls Mother Nature, A Kinect Game Co-Developed at ICT, Possibly the Best of Them All

The video game blog Kotaku recently featured Diane Tucker’s Kincect-based game, Mother Nature, under the headline , The Best Kinect Game You Never Heard of (And Maybe the Best of them All). The post includes a video demonstration of the game and calls the controls, “smartly elegant”.

MxR on Kotaku

Huffington Post Names ICT’s GMail Motion Response Among Best Kinect Hacks

An online slideshow in the Huffington Post features what they consider the top nine Kinect Hacks to date. Coming in at number two is ICT’s April Fools Day response to Google’s GMail motion prank.

“They’re fun, surprising, and some even offer potential solutions to real-world problems.,” says the Huffington Post of their winning selections.

Congrats to the team at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab. You’re number one on our list.

View the slideshow.
View the ICT Mixed Reality Lab’s GMail Motion Spoof.
View the original Gmail Motion video.