Bringing together the athletic and gaming communities, Nike and Xbox have teamed up to create Nike+ Kinect Training. Combining the Nike benefits of NikeFuel, and Xbox’s body tracking sensors, the Nike+ Kinect Training provides personalized workout programs created by Nike trainers and coaches. Users can receive real time-feedback on their routines as well as reminders sent directly to their mobiles making it hard to forget a workout.
The development of open source software is allowing user generated content to push the boundaries in the worlds of art and science. Collaboration and progress were Kyle McDonald's main goals when developing FaceOSC, a face tracking software with considerable potential. In this NEXT Berlin 2012 talk, McDonalds, a media artist and coder, reasons that we must nurture a community of hackers. In doing so, we allow ourselves to “imagine the future of technologies rather than accept what is given to us.”
Posted by: Nathan Miller
gesture, Kinect, Leap
May 22, 2012 |
Here comes a new challenger! Out of nowhere this motion controller seems to have stolen any thunder of both Kinect and Apple's potential iTV, perhaps primarily through being about hands only - Leap players won't get too exhausted! It will be really interesting to seek what people hack and do with the SDK when it happens... if Google or Apple don't buy them first! In their own words: "Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It's more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer...
A team at Kingston, Ontario's Queen's University is developing a device called a Telepod that replaces boring old video chat with 3D holograms. The system consists of a 1.8-meter-tall cylinder with six Microsoft Kinect cameras placed around the top, along with a 3D projector inside. While talking, each person stands in front of their own Telepod, which is able to capture and track their movements in three-dimensions — the result is a 3D holographic image projected inside of the cylinder that you can walk around and view from the back and side. There's even a medical app called Bodipod that...
A Kinect hack which appears to give it's creator Gwen Vanhee shapeshifting superpowers through augmented reality. One of the most impressive features is the sense of grain derived from the visuals. A grassroots cheap way to do special effect. Very impressive. Hit the jump for more exact dev details about how Gwen did this...
It's openFrameworks (C++ wrapper for openGL) + Kinect
- Convert the incoming data to a mesh and calculate the normals
- Moving vertices along the normal gives you the blowup-effect
- Drawing the normals (somewhat randomized) gives the hairy-effect
For the last bit of the video:
'Starfield' is the latest installation by Lab212 which uses a swing to manipulate large interactive starry sky. With a Kinect installed behind the swing and a video projector. OpenFrameworks was used to select the area where to track the depth as the user swings through a galaxy of stars with the rhythm of his swing. In order to keep moving in the galaxy, when users move forward they go twice as fast as when then go backward. Though you can imagine it making you feel queasy, there is a blissful immersive quality to it.
CELL | 1 | showreel from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.
Though the headline is not quite true, Cell, an installation by James Alliban and Keiichi Matsuda for the Alpha-Ville festival, raises interesting questions around computer vision and social media data. There are already threads of resistance against photo recognition software, and this installation highlights some of those concerns as social media tags that are mined from online profiles float around and gather around human interaction, asking questions of how be portray ourselves online and the social data we exhibit. See inside for making-of...
The age of the passive theme park is done. Live Park uses Kinect sensors and RFID wrist bands to interact with 3D videos, holograms and augmented reality, stitching together a continuous immersive story for yourself and your avatar to wave, shout and jump across 65 attractions.
Puppet Parade - Live footage from Design I/O on Vimeo.
In a statementthat has been a long time coming, Microsoft has openly expressed it's gratitude for those who have been hacking the Kinect, and even used the term hack in a positive sense. The OpenKinect community reacts.