Kinect Tutorial (C++)

Hi everyone, below is the step-by-step from the Kinect workshop before break! Hit the jump for the full tutorial.

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Kinect Workshop Tomorrow!

Hey everyone, looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces at 4pm tomorrow in Design Lab 1 for our Kinect workshop! You can RSVP if you haven’t yet by submitting your email on the form at the end of the post.

This time, we’ll actually be going over some simple coding, so there is the potential to follow along (yay). If you don’t have access to a Kinect right now, that’s totally fine, bring your smiling face and I’ll post the code later. If you do happen to posses a Kinect of your own and it is either a Kinect for Windows OR you have the cables to connect it to a USB, bring it with you and download the following:

Kinect SDK: You want BOTH the SDK and the Developer Toolkit. Try running some of the samples before you come in to make sure everything is working.

Some sort of development tools: EDIT: This now leads to the download for Visual Studio Express. It’s a free trial, but it does take time to download so make sure you have a solid connection. I discovered last night that Kinect really does not play nice with other IDEs, so unless you are a wizard, I’d recommend getting this because that’s what I’ll be teaching in. USERS OF OS’S THAT END IN X: This workshop uses the Kinect for Windows SDK, so naturally you’re going to need to get yourself on a Windows environment if you want to follow along.

See you kids then!

Kinect Workshop RSVP


Electronic Lunch 02: Kinect “Hacking”

EDIT: Someone asked me last week if you could bring Kinect data into Matlab and I wasn’t sure; I just stumbled upon something that could be useful: nuiCapture

Today’s Electronic Lunch went great and we had a lot of awesome discussion afterward! Here are the links I promised:

Kinect SDK Downloads Remember to download BOTH parts!

FAAST Toolkit Download, unzip, and then run “FAAST.exe” – remember to switch “Tracker” to Microsoft before you try to connect.

Kinect USB Cable If you don’t have one of these, you’ll need it to start hacking.

We’ll add some images to this post later, but I wanted to get those links up for you so you can all get started right away! Also, let me know in the comments/via email/somehow, some way if you’re interested in an advanced Kinect workshop and I’ll start cooking something up.

PS: It would be mighty helpful if, when you made an account to post, it had your name and picture so we can learn your lovely faces faster!


Kinect Lunch Wednesday

ImageHey everyone, tomorrow will be our second lunch, with a workshop on Kinect hacking and PANERA BREAD bagels.

That’s right, you should definitely be there. 12:30 – 1:30, Design Lab 1, 10/23. 


Electronic Lunch 01: Wii Remote Hacking

Our first Electronic Lunch was a complete success, with a great turnout! We’d like to thank everyone that came out, and invite everyone else that’s interested to next week’s workshop, on Kinect hacking (more on that later this weekend). More images after the jump!

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The Other Electronic-lunch-co-ordinator-type-person

Rachael Miller is a computer scientist, Kinect “hacker,” D&D player, and general nerd, and doesn’t really like to speak in the third person. I’m from Oxford, Michigan, which is not nearly as cool as Dublin, but still a pretty nice place. I’m working on a BS in Computer Science at the University of Michigan, and I’m particularly interested in user interfaces and the way we communicate with each other.

Interests: Kinect Development, pretty UIs, Dungeons & Dragons.