Granted I didn’t think of this concept, but looking back, it’s odd this USB hack took as long as it did.Â Hacker, Jonas Wagner, was able to rig his Microsoft Kinect to a USB missile launcher.Â From what we’ve read, Jonas wanted to control a missile launcher with his Kinect, only problem is that he didn’t have access to missiles.Â Next best thing was a USB missile launcher.
To give him some feedback about position, the first thing Jonas did was mount a video cam above the USB missile launcher.Â Next step was polish up his Python skills and incorporate the libfreenect library for control.
Using his hands to position the USB missile launcher, Jonas can rotate the base unit, angle the barrel up or down and fire the launcher – all thorugh his Kinect.
Video after the jump of Jonas shooting his brother[?]
Everyone loves a good USB missile launcher and Thanko has released yet another version.Â The first thing you will notice is the cosmetic change to look more like an Army missile launcher, but Brando reports hardware changes as well.Â The new missile launcher was retooled to have more power for longer distance and the software was updated to be less buggy.
As with all previous models, you get four foam missiles, software which controls the cannons up, down, left and right.Â You have the option to go into stealth mode and turn off the sound effects and of course, all this powered via USB.
Software includes support for Windows 7, although not sure about 32bit verse 64bit.Â Priced right at $36 + shipping.