Introducing tangible objects into motion controlled gameplay using Microsoft (R) Kinect TM

Bozgeyikli G., Bozgeyikli E., Isler V.

COMPUTER ANIMATION AND VIRTUAL WORLDS, vol.24, pp.429-441, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/cav.1513
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.429-441
  • Keywords: tangible, Kinect, motion controlled video games, motion tracking
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Improvements in ways of game controlling in recent years yielded higher level of interaction. Release of motion controller devices changed conventional ways of controlling games that have been used so far. Microsoft (R); Kinect(Microsoft Corporation, WA, USA) recognizes motions of the players as game controlling inputs. Although touchless interaction is perceived to be attractive, games mimicking real life activities may benefit from hand-held tangible objects for the player to get more involved into game. In this study, a tangible gameplay interaction method is developed using Microsoft (R); Kinectthat senses hand-held objects with their dimensions and incorporates them into gameplay. Proposed algorithm is implemented on an experimental game, and a user study is performed to measure effects of tangible interaction on Kinect gameplay experience. Results revealed that an improved gameplay with more natural and accurate motion controlling is achieved. Copyright (c) 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.