Posts Tagged ‘kinect’


 


Our engineer made this little demo in Processing using the currently available Kinect drivers. Rojas is using an iPad to setup different planes of interest each with their own level of detail. The processing app is sending out OSC with depth information based on the level of detail and the defined plane. The iPad app is TouchOSC.

Translated this means the iPad app is controlling the Kinect software running on the Mac Book Pro.

 

One of our senior innovation engineers, that is what us salespeople call the engineers, just published a fantastic video of the group’s latest technical conquests. After hours of usability “research” these guys were able to connect their android and ipad devices to our gaming computer running the Kinect sensor. Once connected they are able to aim and throw balls at the dodgeball player. None of us could remember the official dodgeball rules so the engineers took it upon themselves to experiment a bit before coming up with the final rules for this fun and engaging gesture based twist of a classic.

From an engineering standpoint this is a great accomplishment because it demonstrates our ability to build games and experiences that are easy for passerby to partake in, using their motions, gestures, existing devices or “cheap” devices handed out to the crowd.

Unity3D, PrimeSense, a Kinect sensor, android, iOS and some networking magic were the ingredients for this wonderful demo.

Fun ideas for this solution include: new controllers for digital signage, crowd-controlled games, enhanced presentations through easy audience participation. Watch the video and let us know what we should try to do next.

 

Our engineer made this little demo in Processing using the currently available Kinect drivers. Rojas is using an iPad to setup different planes of interest each with their own level of detail. The processing app is sending out OSC with depth information based on the level of detail and the defined plane. The iPad app is TouchOSC.

Translated this means the iPad app is controlling the Kinect software running on the Mac Book Pro.

IPAD + Kinect + Processing = stellar foundation for interactions from SuperTouch Group on Vimeo.

 

It has taken me about a week, but they have finally convinced me that this is a moment. I am not talking about a Kanye storming the stage moment, I am talking about a MOMENT. And I will be frank, it came from one of those companies I was least expecting to see it from. Yeah, you know who I am talking about, Microsoft. With the release of Kinect, they have launched a game changer. Not game as in the gamer sense of the word, although I can see myraid applications for such. But we are talking behavior change. A Star Trek meets Blade Runner surfing on Minority Report‘s Tron light cycle change. When we think leaps and bounds, this is what we should be thinking about. Oh yeah, and there is a good chance that Microsoft will have little to do with how it all ends up.

The gaming with Kinect will be fun, but I am not really a gamer. I played the Wii and enjoyed it, but in the end reading Steig Larsson on the Kindle is preferable for my spare time device handling. What will come out of the technology of Kinect will be a different story. As you are standing on your rug, pretending to play with animals as Microsoft portrays in the commercials others are hacking this technology to reveal ways of looking at the world that you only saw in the movies.

Check this out:

3d video with Xbox Kinect from cc laan on Vimeo.

 

Using the IR mapping that is the basis of how Kinect works, some programmers were able to hack it and create a 3-D point cloud of the world around them using just the Kinect camera. Other programmers are doing some very cool stuff as well.

Here is object recognition using a Kinect

And check out someone using the Kinect camera to creat a gesture based multi-touch interface.

 

What does this all matter? Well, think of it this way, if through computer vision, we can map the world around us in 3-D space, we have exponentially increased the spaces and surface potential for interacting with technology. And when you combine, gesture, object recognition, facial recognition and other interactive technologies, you realize that you may remember this moment when things changed, when a new technology that has the power to adjust how we react to the network and each other went mainstream.  This is very exciting for a marketing technology company like ours, and as well, we should also recognize that it can be a scary concept to think that the world around us can be scanned, integrated and utilized more than we have ever realized. We as marketers and technologists working in these platforms need to aknowledge this and reassure people that we are trying to enhance their connected lives, not record their every breath and blink. 

Rewind to today, and we have a Kinect camera in the office and are starting to work on how we can integrate it into our SuperTouch technologies, but I felt the need to pause and share what seems to be a potential inflection point in our relationship to technology.

Want to see how the Kinect reads all that spacial data? This video shot with a night vision camera gives a hint.

 
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