The Kinect camera presented a step forward in interactive gaming, which allowed hackers to use it not just as a passive activity monitor, but also rather as a tool itself. A new hack has brought the technology even closer to a 3D future, using the Kinect like a roaming camera that records the depth of every object in a room and maps the room in real-time 3D.

The hack is called KinectFusion and the camera charts its own position in the room by recording the depth of the known objects in its view. Even if objects in the room are rearranged, the KinectFusion will update its map and recognize that the object is being moved, not the camera. Surprisingly, Microsoft’s R&D team is behind the hack, not a random third-party group.

[via TechCrunch]