We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Kinect Hack Makes You a Hand-Waving DJ

Get creative musically with nothing but a Kinect and your circle-turning arm.

It’s been a while since we've covered a Kinect hack here at GeekTech, but the Kinect BeatWheel is too awesome to miss.

Developed by Ryan Challinor for a Music Hackday in Boston, BeatWheel aims to please the music-producing geek and DJ in you. The hack controls which looping-sample beat is playing and how with a movement of your arm.

It works by cutting up a sample into eight note slices (although you can make the loop segments longer if desired) and displayed into a circle placed around your body. You control the playing segment (indicated by a green marker) by moving your left hand (shown by a red marker)--rotating it in a clockwise fashion keeps the track playing over. A blue indicator signifies the tempo, which you can adjust to your liking.

However, if you deviate from the clockwise movement, you can create some cool remixes. Rotate your arm anti-clockwise, and the track plays backwards. Keep your hand still and the beat repeats the area your hand is resting over (it's kind of like scratching). The hack supports multiple loops and the vocal tracks also sound clear, so your imagination can run wild you mix.

The hack was created using Synapse for Kinect (also developed by Ryan) and MaxMSP, which are both designed specifically for creating and controlling musical and interactive projects.

Check out the video below for a few samples of remixes created with BeatWheel, and try not to imagine yourself as the greatest DJ (in your home at least) going.

[Music HackDay via Engadget]

Like this? You might also enjoy...

Get your GeekTech on: Twitter - Facebook - RSS | Tip us off


IDG UK Sites

5 reasons not to wait for the Apple Watch: Why you shouldn't buy the iWatch

IDG UK Sites

Why local multiplayer gaming is rapidly vanishing: we look at the demise of split-screen and LAN...

IDG UK Sites

How Emotional Debt is damaging digital design

IDG UK Sites

How to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8: including how to install iOS 8 if you don't have room