Sometimes Microsoft Kinect makes me think we’re living in a world just as it was described by William Gibson or Philip K. Dick. One of the newest Kinect tricks is actually floating in cyberspace!
A Japanese company Kayac based in the city of Kamakura (near Yokohama) launched a “cyberspace booth” a few days ago in a Tokyo’s department store. It is meant to promote the newest edition of famous anime series Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society, which was re-released in 3D on the 26th March. The booth is kind of similar to CAVE simulator, that I described when writing about Fruit Ninja in VR, though it uses Kinect Sensor instead of Wiimote. So just expect much more accuracy and immerse!
There’s no need to hold any equipment like joystick, just step into the booth, move your hands and body, listen to mesmerizing music, relax and enjoy. Images just like those from the movie are projected in front of your eyes. However, floating across cyberspace has its aim and that’s capturing Tachikoma, a single seat tank known from the world of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The promotional booth will be there until the 19th April 2011, so there’s time to get there and try.
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Ghost In The Shell is a wide Japanese franchise composed of manga, movies, or TV series. It was originally published as a manga comic book in 1989, but not until the first anime feature film from 1995 by director Mamoru Oshii brought it some wider attention from around the world. Ghost In The Shell S. A. C. Solid State Society was at first a TV film aired in Japan in 2006, but later it got its DVD and theatrical editions, which are now concluded by the 3D version.