Saturday, 3 December 2011

My new Kinect :)

Hiii friends.
Finally I was able to get myself a kinect.
Kinect is a  motion sensing input device developed by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 gaming console. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.
Now, it is also being used with P.Cs for developing applications for kinect for easier Human computer interaction systems.
There's a trio of hardware innovations working together within the Kinect sensor:
  • Color VGA video camera - This video camera aids in facial recognition and other detection features by detecting three color components: red, green and blue. Microsoft calls this an "RGB camera" referring to the color components it detects.
  • Depth sensor - An infrared projector and a monochrome CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensor work together to "see" the room in 3-D regardless of the lighting conditions.
  • Multi-array microphone - This is an array of four microphones that can isolate the voices of the players from the noise in the room. This allows the player to be a few feet away from the microphone and still use voice controls.
  This is the snapshot of my kinect :)


While I was trying to figure out how to use it, I came across CL NUI platform for kinect users, at http://codelaboratories.com/downloads/ 
It was just cool. There is no command line required to use it. All u have to do is plug in your kinect, install it and run it. It gives you the functionality to see the image of camera, the depth data. Moreover, it also has the feature to move the kinect to face up and down to some angle using motors, which was really cool.


 








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