Tapping into the Power of Kinect for Windows: Human Presence Detection; Augmented Reality Living Room Table; The World of Coca Cola; [Kinected] Robot

We've all seen Kinect: the amazing game input device for Xbox 360 that enables controller-less console game play and control of other Xbox experiences.It's fascinating to discover how this device uses array microphones, a projected IR dot pattern, an IR camera, and a regular RGB camera to sense the surrounding environment. With these inputs, the […]

Kinect for Windows Hacks

We've all seen Kinect: the amazing game input device for Xbox 360 that enables controller-less console game play and control of other Xbox experiences.

It's fascinating to discover how this device uses array microphones, a projected IR dot pattern, an IR camera, and a regular RGB camera to sense the surrounding environment. With these inputs, the Kinect sensor can isolate and record sounds, generate a room depth-map, and build 3D models of human faces and skeletons. It's safe to say that Kinect is a game-changer.

Kinect for Windows is all about enabling Windows PCs to take advantage of Kinect. The Kinect for Windows 1.5 SDK and Toolkit includes Windows drivers for the Kinect sensor, a full SDK (Software Development Kit) a toolkit (sample code, tools), and supporting documentation.

Here's a list of what you need to start writing Kinect apps:

  • Kinect sensor - (There are actually two Kinect sensors that work with the Kinect for Windows SDK and Toolkit:
    • Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor (says "XBOX 360" on the front) - these devices are licensed for development purposes only, and do not support "Near Mode".
    • Kinect for Windows sensor (says "KINECT" on the front) - these devices are optimized for Windows experiences, are licensed for use with Windows PCs, and also support "Near Mode")
  • Windows PC with Windows 7 or later Windows OS
  • Visual Studio (Express or full)
  • Kinect for Windows downloads (SDK and Toolkit)

Developers can use either sensor to get started, but deployments need to be on a Kinect for Windows sensor which can be purchased online.

Here are some cool new Kinect Hacks:

First up, Human Presence Detection With Kinect:

You can read more about this porject here.

"The World of Coca Cola with Kinect" project shows how the Kinect is being used my a major corporation in the "real world."

Building Real-World Kinect Applications, at TechEd, Tim Huckaby, founder of InterKnowlogy and Microsoft Regional Director talked about what applications you can build with Kinect.

Tim shows off some coolreal-world applications driven by Kinect including interactive signage and how Kinect can be used in the healthcare industry.

The Kinect helps turn a living room table into an augmented reality playground, project shows how the author combined the Kinect, XNA and his living room table into an awesome augmented reality experience.

My Little [Kinected] Robot project connects two of our favorite things, the Kinect and a robot.

Winscape Kinect Demo: