Harishankar Narayan a mechanical engineer from Chennai ( india ) has managed to hack the Microsoft Xbox Kinnect to make watching pay tv easier. You get to use you hand movements to control the TV like a remote
Xbox kinect used to control pay tv, like remote
In a YouTube Video he showed how he controlled his indian pay tv (Tata Sky set top box) though Kinect gestures. He had been messing around with remote controls and wanted a remote free experience, which led him to hacking the Xbox Kinect.
How the Xbox Pay tV kinect hack was done
The hack was done using a device called the USB UIRP, which was connected to his MacMini. The USB UIRP acts like a universal remote control and detects any infrared signal which gave him access to the Tata Sky remote, from there he set gestures for the controls.
Harishankar who is also a coder ,wrote the code for the gestures through the USB UIRP and also stated different codes for different devices could be written including the PlayStation 3.
Here is a video of his exploits.
Harishankar, apart from being a geek also owns a gaming company called Smackall Games Private Limited.
Narayan said, I plan to have gesture based controls throughout my house, and stated the gesture based controls were not restricted to Tata Sky. He mentioned, The gesture based controls can be customized for any device that supports an infrared remote control and so can be used with, air-conditioners, DVD-players, Blu-Ray players and much more.