Kinect: Minority Report is Here

It’s about time programmers made some software to mimic Minority Report. Microsoft’s Kinect packs a lot of motion technology into a small box and thanks to some Linux drivers, MIT students were able to turn movie magic into reality using the Kinect.

This is a graphical interface inspired by the movie “Minority Report”. It uses the Kinect sensor from Microsoft, and the recently released libfreenect driver for interfacing with the Kinect in linux. The graphical interface and the hand detection software were written at MIT to interface with the open source robotics package ‘ROS’, developed by Willow Garage ( The hand detection software showcases the abilities of the Point Cloud Library (PCL), a part of ROS that MIT has been helping to optimize. The hand detection software is able to distinguish hands and fingers in a cloud of more than 60,000 points at 30 frames per second, allowing natural, real time interaction.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any drivers for Windows at this time. However, if you have a Kinect and some spare hard drive space it might be interesting to give this a try as you can find download links to the software in the video description.