03. 30. 2011
Microsoft Kinect creates beautiful light art
The Kinect, Microsoft's motion control system for the Xbox 360, emits lights that you wouldn't usually be able to see in normal circumstances. However, when artist Audrey Penven was taking photos of her friends playing with the Kinect using a camera which had been modified to shoot in infrared, all of the amazing lights and patterns were clearly visible.
The infrared light system is integral to the way the device works and each one is picked up by the Kinect's in-built camera which then figures out the shape and size of objects by the way the light has been distorted.
Penven has since begun to work with animator and artist Aaron Muszalski and will be launching her own solo exhibition of the "Kinect Art" called "Dancing with Invisible Light" at the Pictopia Gallery in Emeryville, California throughout April.
This certainly isn't the first time that the Kinect has been used to do weird and wonderful things that Microsoft would never even have imagined in the initial stages, such as this hacked Kinect art program, 3D representations of user's movements and this living brushes program.