Kinect Tech Makers Amazed By MikuMikuDance

By Spencer . January 14, 2011 . 10:39am

image At CES, we met with PrimeSense, the company that created the sensor for Microsoft’s Kinect add-on. While Kinect is made for gaming, a number of owners created homebrew applications. I asked Adi Berenson, Vice President of Business Development, which application impressed him the most.


"Wow, we’ve seen a lot that have amazed us. We saw this stuff from Japan called MikuMikuDance. That was phenomenal! This guy did a very good job," Berenson lauded. "Many, many people did branches out of MikuMikuDance and flooded YouTube. He was using OpenNI, as is, and you know that’s the power of standards. You can go ahead grab and use it, you focus on the newness of cool experiences and that’s why we like it."


Developer higuchuu used OpenNI, Primesense’s library, and added that to the existing MikuMikuDance application so the Kinect sensor would track a user’s skeleton and link it to a virtual Hatsune Miku to create, well, see it in action below.


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  • malek86

    Looks like there’s basically no lag at all. Impressive.

    • Jellybit

      There’s lag. The red guy you see in the corner is an extrapolated shape that was figured out after lag. It’s not a video feed.

  • One question remains…how much longer til .hack?

    • “The World” used VR goggles and a joypad controller. I don’t know about R:2 though, but I assume it used similar input.

    • Kai2591

      Damn i would love to play THAT one haha

  • That’s….amazing? It looks so smooth and perfect. Kinect seems to have better and better movement detection in some of these user homebrew apps.

    • Code

      I imagine a lot of the reason for this is official kinect games would probably have developers trying to limit a certain amount of “noise” movements so they don’t constantly translate in game. I figure to avoid models clipping/breaking and skipping movements in weird way, kind of like at E3 when buddy tried looking at the bottom of his shoe and his avatar’s foot reversed, or like how feet in this video hop around at time. And of course to prevent people from going outside the constraints of what they want them to accomplish in game.

  • Apache_Chief

    This is amazing, and so much more interesting than I’ve seen in any official game. Not quite as polished obviously. I guess the plus side of being in a niche audience is that you get really excited when that niche gets some love.

    The biggest problem I have with Kinect titles is that they all reek of “trying too hard”. They really, REALLY want to get the Kinect out there, and their lack of passion for anything but sales totally turns me off to everything about it AND makes me disregard the Kinect as a whole when the hardware itself has a lot of potential. These shovelware games are like pop music of the gaming industry. Totally thought up by a board of executives who know nothing about games and everything about marketing. I get the feeling that if I ever got a Kinect I would never hook it up to my Xbox and just use homebrew pc programs.

    Also, I loled when he turns and starts punching Len.

  • Dimentionalist

    I see London, I see France, I see Miku’s… gah, forget I said anything.

  • PrinceHeir

    Miku-Chan :D

    looks like kinect isn’t that bad after all, but i doubt they’ll allow this to be sold in retailers(unless kinect expands their market outside of 360 which i don’t think it will happen anytime soon.)

  • MarkMario

    This is why I want to buy Kinect, not for the 360 Kinect games, but for MMD :3

  • they should make this a game

  • Kai2591

    Nice. Further exposure of Vocaloid to the world~

    • You say that like it’s a good thing.

  • SupaPhly

    I wouldnt be surprised if more kinect units were sold than the actual xbox 360 units in japan

  • dusk

    If people are using Kinect on their PC instead of their Xbox 360, then I guess that’s why nobody is buying Xbox 360 consoles in Japan. Because they don’t need to.

    I betcha Microsoft were pretty puzzled over the sales figure in Japan. Just imagine the day when their sales chart shows that Lifetime Kinect Sales > Lifetime Xbox 360 Sales.

  • Guest

    Now that’s what I call fan service!

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