Wednesday December 28, 2011

Kinect Weighs Astronauts Just By Looking At Them

The Kinect can calculate an astronaut's weight in zero gravity just by looking at them. Just imagine what this means for all us couch potatoes that use the Kinect to select movies on Netflix?

ASTRONAUTS will soon be able to stay fit thanks to a body tracking camera system built into Microsoft's Kinect gaming sensor, which helps calculate their weight in zero gravity. Even during missions that last just a few weeks spacefarers can lose up to 15 per cent of their body mass because their muscles atrophy due to lack of use. To prevent this physical decline, crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) typically spend 2 hours exercising per day.