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Meet the Kinect

An Introduction to Programming Natural User Interfaces

  • Authors

Benefits

  • Meet the Kinect introduces the exciting world of volumetric computing using the Microsoft Kinect.

  • Learn about software for the Kinect, and how to write programs and scripts using the Kinect as an input device.

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 1-28
  3. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 29-44
  4. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 45-62
  5. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 63-83
  6. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 85-99
  7. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 101-127
  8. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 129-150
  9. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 151-173
  10. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 175-191
  11. Sean Kean, Jonathan C. Hall, Phoenix Perry
    Pages 193-199
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 201-205

About this book

Introduction

Meet the Kinect introduces the exciting world of volumetric computing using the Microsoft Kinect. You'll learn to write scripts and software enabling the use of the Kinect as an input device. Interact directly with your computer through physical motion. The Kinect will read and track body movements, and is the bridge between the physical reality in which you exist and the virtual world created by your software.

Microsoft’s Kinect was released in fall 2010 to become the fastest-selling electronic device ever. For the first time, we have an inexpensive, three-dimensional sensor enabling direct interaction between human and computer, between the physical world and the virtual. The Kinect has been enthusiastically adopted by a growing culture of enthusiasts, who put it to work in creating technology-based art projects, three-dimensional scanners, adaptive devices for sight-impaired individuals, new ways of interacting with PCs, and even profitable business opportunities.

Meet the Kinect is the resource to get you started in mastering the Kinect and the exciting possibilities it brings. You’ll learn about the Kinect hardware and what it can do. You’ll install drivers and learn to download and run the growing amount of Kinect software freely available on the Internet. From there, you’ll move into writing code using some of the more popular frameworks and APIs, including the official Microsoft API and the language known as Processing that is popular in the art and creative world.

Along the way, you’ll learn principles and terminology. Volumetric computing didn’t begin with the Kinect. The field is decades old—if you’ve ever had an MRI, for example, you have benefitted from volumetric computing technology. Meet the Kinect goes beyond just the one device to impart the principles and terminology underlying the exciting field of volumetric computing that is now wide-open and accessible to the average person.

About the authors

Sean Kean is an artist and entrepreneur living in Brooklyn, New York. With a background spanning engineering, art, education, and travel, he is passionate about simplifying complex technology in order to make tools more accessible to others. Insatiable in his curiosity, the author has filled his passport as a flight attendant, rediscovered learning through play as an early childhood educator, studied the streets and buildings of New York City in order to earn both a taxi driver license and real estate sales license, and has been programming well enough to be dangerous for more than 20 years. Sean is currently working to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds at HERE, Inc. (http://here.st), to bring volumetric 3D TVs mainstream with the VoxieBox (www.voxiebox.com), and to help professionals working with volumetric depth cameras, software, and displays to connect to each other through the Volumetric Society (www.volumetric.org) via a publication, conference, and local chapter meetups you can help set up in your city.

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