Ghost hunting with Kinect

Who can resist a scary movie? Even the most jaded of us enjoy a good ghost flick, which is why we were intrigued by the latest short film in the spooky genre. But this cinematic effort purports to be fact, not fiction, and its veracity—or its plausibility—is grounded on some pretty hard-core engineering: Kinect for…


Is Kinect for Windows Darth Vader’s secret?

As every Star Wars fan knows, telekinesis—the ability to move physical objects by using mental energy—is a major aspect of the Force. Who can forget Darth Vader telekinetically choking Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope? Well, now that the latest film in the Star Wars franchise has been released, the developers…


Gaming for the greater good

Big games are nothing new at the University of Michigan (UM). Just ask any UM alum about the cross-state rivalry with Michigan State or—shudder—the annual football grudge match against Ohio State. But big-time sports aren’t the only games that matter in Ann Arbor, as Dr. David Chesney’s students will tell you. Every year, students in…