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And yet another Kinect hack: Japan-based web company Kayac has set up some kind of semi-closed “cyberspace booth” [JP] in a department store in Tokyo, in which the “experience” is largely based on the Microsoft sensor. The booth is supposed to “reproduce the cyberspace of Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex(S.A.C.)”, a famous science-fiction anime series.

Kayac set up the installation a few days ago. Users are supposed to capture Tachikoma, a mini tank that appears in the anime, in a given time frame. The company explains:

A new age in interactive technology takes you directly into the world of anime.

Celebrating the 3D re-release of “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society” (ph9.jp/​) from March 26, Kayac Inc. has created a special promotional booth that places you right inside cyberspace.

Using Microsoft’s Kinect Sensor visitors can interact with the virtual anime landscape in the Cyberspace System using just body gestures and movement. Your mission: Locate and capture the Tachikoma character in the cyberspace. Be warned, you only have a limited time!

No joysticks, no controllers, no buttons…Float freely through cyberspace just by twisting your body to turn, leaning forward or back to shift perspective, and placing one step in front or behind to move. You can finally “capture” the Tachikoma by sweeping down with one arm.

Try the experience for yourself at the S.A.C. Premium Shop inside monozoku, on the fifth floor of Parco department store in Shibuya, from March 24th to April 19th. It’s harder than it looks!

Here’s a video:

Via Asiajin / Thanks, Jake!