Zooming in with a third party wide angle lens Kinect add-on
I usually don't do hardware posts here, but this one doesn't seem to void the warranty, is starting to be widely marketed (I just saw it in the October 2011 edition of XBox Magazine) and since I've got a pretty small office that kills me when trying to use the Kinect in it, I think I'll need one of these ASAP...
If there’s one complaint we’ve heard about Kinect time and again, it’s that Microsoft’s motion sensing peripheral demands a bit too much uncluttered living room space for adequate dancing and hand flailing. We don't all have huge living rooms, after all. ..
That just leaves us with one pressing issue--but only for another month. Accessory maker Nyko is on the case with the Zoom for Kinect, a $30 attachment for Microsoft’s sensor bar that cuts the play space requirement down by 40 percent.
Nyko claims the Zoom won’t hinder the Kinect’s accuracy in any way, making it an ideal choice for Kinect owners with cramped apartments and tiny dorm rooms. ...
Decrease the space needed to play your favorite Kinect games with Nyko’s Zoom for Kinect. The Zoom reduces the play range required to enjoy Kinect software by up to 40%, allowing you to play closer to your TV. Zoom’s wide angle lens also enables two people to play in an area normally only suitable for a single player making it ideal for those in smaller apartments or dorm rooms. Specially designed optical lenses fit over the Kinect sensor and clip into place making set up a breeze with nothing to plug in. No additional software or calibration is required. The design of the Zoom blends seamlessly with the look and feel of the Kinect. The Zoom opens up a whole new world of Kinect play to those who previously lacked the space required to fully enjoy it.
Project Information URL: http://www.nyko.com/products/product-detail/?name=Zoom
Please note that neither Microsoft nor I officially endorse, support, recommend, etc. etc. this third party product. Use at your own risk. If your Kinect goes cross-eyed or you break something in your house because you're now so close to the Kinect, it's all on you. Your mileage may vary. Do not remove this tag... etc. etc..