Sheesh, its been longer than it should since I've posted news.
The latest development is that http://zigfu.com/ created an installation package for OpenNI. All that effort installing and getting everything up and running is really easy now.
Also, a blog site called The Lab http://benjamin.kuperberg.fr/lab/ run by Ben Kuperberg is developing software that would make Kinect mapping a and routing a lot easier than it has been so far.
And lastly, Kinect Star Wars: http://lucasarts.com/games/kinectstarwars/ I don't know how I feel about this. I think I'm embarrassed.
I finally found a Kinect being sold buy a guy in Venice Beach and have been running example programs bundled with the suite of OpenNI tools. So far so good, but now I will be testing out the alpha version of MappInect, which apparently will include a GUI builder for easy data routing soon!
This project is my graduate thesis performance, which will be held March 8th, 2012 as part of Mills College's annual Signal Flow festival. More on that later.