Kinection — turns your Kinect into a game design device

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Posted on 02/20/2013



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Looking for something that will allow you to sue your Kinect to creat games with a 3D engine? Then you may want to check out Kinection.

Kinection is a free plug-in that will let you use your Kinect withe Shiva Engine 3D, giving you the opportunity to turn your Kinect’s powerful camera into a vital tool for your planned gaming masterpiece.

What’s more, Kinection works with both Kinect for Windows and Kinect for Xbox 360. All you have to do is download Microsoft SDK 1.6 for the latter (which most of you have probably done by now, anyway).

To learn more about this plug-in, be sure to visit the website using the link below.

 

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moveIT — turn your body into an Autodesk Inventor modeling tool wit a Kinect

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Posted on 02/18/2013



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moveIT is an add-in application for Autodesk Inventor that allows you to pose and position a human body model, using your own movements and a Microsoft Kinect sensor and movements of your own body. For example, if you lift a hand or bend an elbow, the pose of the human body model open in Autodesk Inventor updates accordingly.

Here are some key features of the add-in:

  • All major joints are supported: head, torso, arms, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and leg
  • Ability to control not only the pose but the position of the model as well: if you jump or make steps in any direction, the position of the human body model in Autodesk Inventor updates accordingly
  • Ability to adjust size and proportions of the human body model to better fit specific needs
  • Ability to interact with the virtual environment, ‘activating’ and ‘deactivating’ blocks with a touch

For more details, be sure to visit the moveIT website using the link below.

 

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Imogen Heap talks Ableton-controlling gloves

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Posted on 02/15/2013



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This isn’t the first that we’re seeing these gloves but in this demo, Imogen Heap does a good job of explaining how the technology behind the Ableton-controlling gloves came about and evolved and what exactly it’s capable of.

“It’s really like playing an instrument in 3D space,” said Heap, and she certainly makes it look like that as you watch her use the gloves.

Give it a look and have a glimpse of where Kinect-powered performances are heading.

Skeletal hand and finger tracking in full 3D

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Posted on 02/13/2013



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One thing that KinectHackers have found really useful with the Kinect is its capability to make 3D and 3D-related applications not only a reality but also affordable. Today’s featured hack is an example of that.

Here are some tech details from the developer:

“Markerless articulated skeletal hand tracking research from 3D depth data providing pose (position and orientation) of all 17 bones in user’s hand and fingers. Tracking algorithm as well as graphics application and data gathering runs around 30 FPS running single threaded on Intel x86 processor. 60fps on faster desktop PC.”

According to the developer, their tracking technology is original and not based on any of the current methods out there now (i.e. its not particle swarm nor decision tree systems). It was also the same hand tracking technology that was used on the Snake demo that Intel used for CES 2013. You can watch on the video, courtesy of The Verge, at the 50-second mark.

Artec Studio launches $1000 Kinect Contest

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Posted on 02/11/2013



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Artec Group, developers of Artec Studio, a software that turns Kinect, Asus Xtion or Primesense sensors into a real 3D scanner have launched a “cool” winter-themed contest for Kinect owners worldwide.

The contest launched in late January 2013 and is ongoing until Feb. 28. According to Artec Group, “the main idea is to scan any object on winter theme and submit it to viewshape.com.”

The winning entry can win up to $1000 but there are consolation prizes as well. Not bad if you ask us, especially since you’ll get to try out something new and potentially fun fun.

The contest is free to enter and interested individuals can submit as many entries as they’d like. Winners will be announced on March 4.

For more details, be sure to check out the link we’ve included below.

 

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