Quit Monkeying About!

Monkey Business

This friendly little monkey is the latest creation from [Jan Sieber] and [Ralph Kistler]. Yes it’s another Kinect Hack, the Kinect tracks the users stance using the OpenNI Framework and OSCeleton. The information is sent to an Arduino crammed inside the monkey, also inside the poor little monkey are 10 servo motors and a nightmarish wire skeleton. The monkey is left dangling from the Kinect sensor by several cables, ready to follow your every move. The monkey seems fairly sprightly for someone who has had all their insides removed, it is able to copy a multitude of stances quite swiftly.

The video after the break shows the monkey in action for about 1 minute. Then the team go through the build and application of the clever little monkey in a musical/documentary style video. There is also a creepy section where the monkey draws its own skeleton then freaks out.. Enjoy..


  1. Chris says:

    That is cute! I just watched the first minute three times. Now to watch the rest. :)

  2. DanAdamKOF says:

    Quite high production values for a video of a hack!

  3. Fili says:

    Now that’s a hack!

  4. jswanson says:

    Dabbing pretend blood from the incision… oddly creepy.

  5. BitMage says:

    I didn’t know they were gonna show the brutal butchering of that poor monkey; I almost puked!

  6. default says:

    Awesome on so many levels

  7. PocketBrain says:

    It’s a monkeionette!

  8. Paul says:

    Everything about that video is well executed other than some weird ring during the narrated portion. Yet, definitely among the most worthwhile entertainment I’ve experienced on the internet.

  9. Hirudinea says:

    Isn’t this how they made the Planet of the Apes movie?

  10. ll says:

    Nice video!
    Hack a day postcard on the wall (~4:28)!

  11. ll says:

    My mistake just a skull and cross bones (sorry for double post)

  12. Burnerjack says:

    One could call this “Monkey see, monkey do”.

  13. Tane says:

    It’s a termonkionater 100. O.o

    Very effective art installation though!

  14. Paul says:

    Forgot to mention the incredible awesomeness of the backing track. MIDI blues got me groovin’ out.

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