The WJ office has long been divided about our feelings towards London’s most iconic feature, the humble pigeon. Some of us branded them rats of the sky while others have a strange love for the feathered fellow.
Our feelings aside, if you’re Team Pigeon then you’ll probably like to know about this, the ultimate time waster, which allows you to learn what it feels like to be a London pigeon.
The Pigeon Simulator has been created by UCL researcher George Mackerron and allows you to fly just like one of the birds. So how does it work? Well it combines Google Earth with Microsoft Kinect’s motion detection capabilities.
The motion detection means the the program can pick up if you’re flapping your arms (wings), moving forwards or pulling backwards, it then feeds all this information into Google Earth so that you can see the pigeon flying as you control it.
At the moment you can only have a go if you own a Kinect but if you do all you have to do is click here to get a source code and then you’re away.