When we posted our article where Eric Hirshberg said that the next Guitar Hero will have “some big innovations”, speculation ran rampant about whether that meant elevating to the level of Rock Band 3’s technical Pro-Mode style of gameplay or not. What if instead of getting overly technical with an implementation such as that, the Guitar Hero franchise decided to add in an air-guitar mode that could be specifically utilized with Kinect?
Sound crazy? Sure, it won’t have the crazy appeal of Pro-Mode, but it certainly would be much more accessible and cost-efficient (given that you have a Kinect, that is).
Looks like the technology is well on its way, too! Artist, Chris O’Shea not only has a great last name, but also has an air-guitar prototype that works with the Kinect. His original design utilized a stereo camera, which is more advanced than the Kinect, and he admits that his current design is inaccurate, but hey, its still pretty cool and could show a glimpse into the future of music games.
Check out his primary Kinect tests below and let us know what you think about the technology!