Last November 4 saw the debut of Microsoft's new Kinect sensor, and it wasn't long after that fans started deliberately rearranging their living rooms to accommodate the revolutionary new gadget. The issue that many quickly came across was that the device needed room, and lots of it. Eight feet of clear floor space, in fact.
Many were informed that mounting the sensor on top of your TV set would give you an additional foot of virtual space, but with the majority of people either using wall-mountable sets, the only option was Microsoft's officially licensed TV mount...which they sold for $40. They also didn't sell the TV mount in Canada, so what other option did I have than make my own?
I took a trip to my local Home Depot to figure out what I could do with whatever odds and ends I could find in the store. The great news is I found a surefire way to make a secure Kinect sensor TV mount on the cheap, and all it'll take to make it is about 10 bucks and 15 minutes of your time.
Step 1: Materials You'll Need
Head to your nearest hardware store and fill your basket with these items:
4"x 2" Velcro strips with adhesive backs - pack of two (Industrial strength is ideal)
18"x 3/4" Velcro strips with adhesive backs - pack of two
3" PVC pipe about 2 1/2" in diameter
A square metal door sign about 5 1/2" length*
*OPTIONAL: Any firm metal or plastic plate will do. Without the metal door sign, the total price of all the remaining items should be less than $10.
NOTE: You can opt to pick up a black PVC pipe and square plate (or spray paint them black) to match the rear of your TV set.