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August 22, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Xbox Kinect air guitar arrives

Finally, an official Kinect air guitar game is here.

Microsoft today announced “Air Band,” a downloadable game/tech demo for the Xbox 360 Kinect that tracks your hands as you play pretend instruments such as guitars, drums and keyboards. It looks like it will capture gestures, like swinging the axe, but not fingering.

The game is for one or two players, but it’s less of a full-blown game than a gadget showcasing Kinect capabilities. It’s being released through Microsoft’s Kinect Fun Labs tech showcase and costs 240 Microsoft points, or about $3.

If you want to save the $3 and have the hardware and programming skills, here’s a homebrew version written in C++ using openFrameworks and openCV for image processing that surfaced in December.

“Air Band” was teased during the opening session of Gamefest, a game developer conference that Microsoft is holding at the convention center in Seattle today and Tuesday, before the PAX game conference takes over the center on Friday.

A screenshot of “Air Band”:

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Comments | Topics: Microsoft, Video games, Xbox

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