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Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi…

It seems everybody is crazy about the Xbox Kinect, the little camera that attaches to the Microsoft video game console that turns your body’s movements into the mechanism for controlling a game.

Of course, the Kinect is fun, but it’s also invited hackers to use the device in unorthodox ways.

MIT researchers, for example, demonstrated recently that the Kinect, with a few accessories, can create a three-dimensional hologram of a person in real time.

The brains at the MIT Media Lab hooked a Kinect up to a laptop, which then beamed the imput — a woman dressed as Princess Leia from the famous “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi” scene — to a trio of off-the-shelf graphics processors, which created the hologram.

Check out the video below and read the MIT news story for the details of how it was done.