April 18, 2012 6:00 PM | Cassandra Khaw
Words really can't express how absolutely ecstatic I am to see this. As a popper (I've been training in this dance style for the last four years or so), I've always felt as though the market was somewhat lacking in regards to games that cater to this particular discipline. While there's nothing wrong with stuff like DDR and Para-Para, no game thus far has been capable of accurately measuring one's ability to pop or boogaloo.
The WiiPop prototype appears to have been built from an unlikely combination of the Kinect Camera and body-mounted Nintendo WiiMotes. Designed to measure the 'fundamental qualities of a freestyle dancer', the WiiPop aims to 'push the level of physical detection and algorithmically categorization.'. According to the website, it appears as though this non-profit project will be open source.
For those interested in learning how the WiiPop actually works, there's a lot more information on the website here. Now, excuse me while I go accost fellow dancers to tell them about this new discovery.