Alternative uses for Microsoft’s Kinect abound, and another awesome yet inevitable one has come to our attention today. A group of people at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have latched onto Kinect in a big way, and have created the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit. You can call it FAAST for short.
FAAST is a software system that allows you to use the Kinect on PCs in a customizable manner. This opens up the possibility for playing off-the-shelf PC games using Kinect motion and gesture control.
The video below tells the tale – they have been using World of Warcraft as a test case, and the resulting body control looks like an awful lot of fun to me. What do you think? What games would you like to play this way, or are you among the “video games must have buttons!” camp? Let us know in the comments.