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Kinect Meets Ghost in the Shell: Match Made in Heaven

Yes, someone has done one of the things we anime nerds want. The company Kayac Inc. is using a Microsoft Kinect and their own hacked software to create a 3D cyberspace display like the one found in Ghost in the Shell. This massive display was set up in the corner of a store somewhere in Tokyo where customers are allowed to interact with the system using their full body. Think of surfing the web in 3D using real surfing moves.

While I wish the system translates the real Internet into a 3D plain and I could reproduce this in my own home; unfortunately, I cannot say that is true. The display is more of a mini game in which you navigate the 3D cyber world to catch a runaway Tachikoma. This is a interesting and expected outcome for technology when it meets anime. This mini game doesn’t seem to have a purpose beyond attracting people to the store.

Ghost in the Shell is personally my favorite anime series of all time, so I have a soft spot for this Kinect hack. And if anyone doesn’t know what Ghost in the Shell is, I will be glad to respond to any questions you post here. To those that don’t know what anime is, Ghost in the Shell provided the influence, style, and several concepts to The Matrix.

Source: CrunchGear

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