Trick or treat with Kinect

In a 1930 jazz classic, singer Lee Morse advised that “t’aint no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.” Well, this past Halloween, Microsoft software engineer Snorri Gislason let the neighborhood kids do just that—in a graveyard scene, no less—with some help from Kinect for Windows, the free personal edition of Unity, and the Microsoft Garage community.

Snorri’s clever Halloween app used the latest Kinect sensor to capture the gyrations of trick-or-treaters as they cavorted on the driveway. The app relied on the sensor’s ability to track 25 body joints per person—perfect for making a skeleton dance—and multiple users. Then, employing the RUIS Kinect plug-in for Unity 5, the app transferred the kids’ dance moves to skeletal avatars projected on a screen hung in front of the garage door, so the delighted trick-or-treaters could, virtually, take off their skin and dance around in their bones.

The Kinect for Windows Team

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