Hardware, Software Programs

"Keyboard Anywhere" Hack for Kinect Lets You Play Virtual Piano Anywhere


Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the favorite toy for modern-age modders who hack the motion controller from the inside out in order to enable the uses its creators never envisioned. And just when you thought you’ve seen it all, a new hack comes along and blows your mind.

Are you a piano player or a music wannabe eager to learn to play the instrument? If you own the Kinect, you can now play the piano by hitting its virtual keys through thin air. Thanks to Peter Morton and Matthew Yeung, a pair of programmers over at Openkinect.org who developed a Kinect virtual keyboard project dubbed Keyboard Anywhere, you can now hit the virtual piano keys through thin air. Who needs the concert piano in their living room, anyway?

If the below video is any indication, the hack responds to your fingers immediately, without any noticeable lag. What you’re seeing in this clip is Peter and Matthew performing a rendition of "Heart and Soul" from the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks. Wicked, isn’t it?