Could virtual sex be the Kinect’s killer app? (NSFW)
Once open source drivers for Microsoft's Kinect were created, it was inevitable the device would be put to use in a virtual sex game. Around a month since such drivers started appearing, ThriXXX, a company responsible for a range of 3D sex games that are already compatible with a number of sex toy peripherals, has now produced a video demo of a Kinect being used to virtually fondle a number of computer generated ladies.
The company made use of OpenKinect's libfreenect open source Kinect driver to allow a blurry-faced individual to control the camera and navigate a couple of creepy looking disembodied virtual hands around the body of a virtual girl – it look like Thing from the Addams Family is partaking in some non-family oriented entertainment.
Aside from the significant creepiness factor, you'd have to wonder whether ThriXXX's games aren't better suited to a controller with some force feedback capabilities – something the Kinect interface obviously lacks. Although the company has this base covered through its RealTouch-like Vstroker and Fleshlight peripherals.
Maybe it was applications like this that contributed to Microsoft's threats of legal action for those looking to develop open source drivers for its family-targeted device. As evidenced by the current crop of Kinect games, the Kinect is still a great device in search of a "killer app". It looks like ThriXXX might be wanting to test, as is the case with so much technology before it, whether sex is the "killer app" for the Kinect.
Note: Just as we were about to publish this story the video was removed from YouTube "as a violation of YouTube's policy on nudity or sexual content." We count those who didn't get to see the video as lucky.