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I have a few questions relating to Microsoft's Kinect or similar motion detection device with comparable quality (further only Kinect) and Ubuntu:

  • Is there a way to use Kinect controllers with Ubuntu?
  • If so, is there any way to play games with Kinect on Ubuntu?
  • Where can I find more information on how to configure games to use Kinect controllers, or development efforts for input drivers or games that support Kinect controllers?
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Drivers exist for the Kinect device under Ubuntu (see here), but the only Kinect games I'm aware of to-date have been released for the Xbox 360. I don't know that there are even any Windows-based Kinect games at this point. – agent86 Feb 28 '12 at 19:05
Given that Wine doesn't even support regular Xbox360 controllers properly, it will probably take a long while till the official Kinect API is properly supported in Wine and usable for Windows Kinect software. – Grumbel Feb 29 '12 at 13:30
There are barely enough Linux games at all, let alone games that use the Kinect or any sensors like it. – Uri Herrera Feb 29 '12 at 22:43
@UriHerrera But it's possible to create some game with poor graphics and later with rich graphics (using some libraries, like OSG. It's possible that something is already in development. – xralf Mar 1 '12 at 8:30

There are some interesting projects using WebGL and Kinect in a cross platform environment. Check out some of those with a google search --> Kinect and the Web Browser

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