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And now the application for which Microsoft's Kinect Xbox add-on was born to run: air guitar.

Enterprising coder Chris O'Shea says he'd tried to create an air guitar rig three years ago, but it wasn't until the arrival of Kinect and the wealth of hacking tools that followed its launch that allowed him to create a (kind of) working air guitar:

Chris admits it's not perfect - you can only play chords based on the position of your hand along the neck, not the strings you're actually pressing. You also have to face the camera and not move too much.

But as hacker expose more of the Kinect's inner workings, the air guitar will be able to improve leaps and bounds, Chris reckons, making for some serious spanking of the virtual plank. ®

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