There is a universe where the last Star Wars action figures came out in 1985, the Battle of Endor took place on Kashyyyk, and the prequels were actually a three-night-long PBS mockumentary — directed by Errol Morris — on the vagaries of moisture farming. Suffice to say, we don't live in that universe.
The virtual dressing room has been a bit player in movies as futuristic as Minority Report and as mundane as Clueless, but it hasn't come to your living room — at least not yet. But one company is developing a virtual dressing room that should work with a webcam or Kinect.
Sunlight Labs recently gave io9 the heads up about this groovy motion-sensing Vigo the Carpathian painting they constructed using XBox Kinect. You can find the technical info on how to build your own Scourge of Carpathia here.
Yesterday we showed you how Korean researchers are using motion capture suits to control robotic avatars. Today we have a project from students at University College London using an Xbox Kinect to control a feisty robotic arm in real time.
University of Amsterdam students Daniel Karavolos, Sicco van Sas, and Maarten van der Velden hacked an Xbox Kinect to create this Superman virtual reality game. The player's body movements control Superman onscreen — stretching one's arms causes Superman to fly faster, and tapping the sides of the VR goggles activate…