Monday, October 29, 2012

Turn your Mac into a Kinect with Flutter

My high point for the day was using this app, available on the Mac App store for free, called Flutter. What it does is allow your computer to be controlled using gestures, much like you do on your Xbox 360 with Kinect. You wave at your computer's webcam to stop/play a song on iTunes. Or gesture to go to the next/previous track. It's genius!

That's also all there is to it. On iTunes you can stop/play or navigate to next track/previous track. No other gestures are available as of the moment. Flutter also works on Spotify, Quicktime and VLC.

Does it work? Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. Your Mac doesn't have the array of cameras that the Kinect does, so it can't track your hands as well as your Xbox. You'll often have to repeat gestures and if the lighting in your room is bad, don't expect much to happen. 

What the webcam sees, unfortunately.

Despite all the problems, this a great app which showcases what's possible. I don't know about you, but controlling my computer with gestures just doesn't get old. 

Third World Nerd Verdict:
Download it for a little fun!

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