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Posted on 06/30/2012
What is an AdverGame? It seems to be a portmanteau of Advertisement + Game and if you took the time to watch the video above, you’ll know that it’s a game that uses the Kinect and promotes some sort of kiddie cereal.
Again, let’s not forget that the Kinect was developed to be a gaming device. And while it’s great to know that it’s seeing some use as something that can solve real world problems, hacks that allow people that have fun with it are always great to see as well.
Today’s hack is from Chile and the developers say that it is the first in their country to use this type of system. It’s an “adventure” that allows users to participate with nothing more than the motion of their hands.
I don’t know about you but wouldn’t it be cool if someone went and did something like this but with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book? If anyone decides to take that as a challenge and comes up with one, be sure to share it with your fellow KinectHackers!
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Posted on 06/30/2012
The Microsoft Accelerator program, supported by Techstars, was started after Microsoft saw that countless KinectHackers out there were making amazing uses for their motion-gaming device that they haven’t even thought of. When the program was launched, Microsoft was only expecting a handful of applications but ended up getting more than 500 from over 60 countries. Out of these 500 applications, 11 were chosen to become part of the inaugural program and last Thursday, July 28th, these 11 visionaries were given the opportunity to present their projects to the media, venture capitalists and potential investors.
Each team was given 7 minutes to tell the audience who they are and what they’ve accomplished in the past 3 months. The participants did not disappoint by presenting a wide range of Kinect-based solutions that aim to address different needs in healthcare, entertainment and retail. Almost all of these projects already have a waiting customer base or have already secured funding.
Here’s a quick rundown of what was showcased at the event:
Jintronix shared an app that tracks a patient in rehab’s physical movements and transmits that information back to their healthcare provider.
Kimetric created a tool for stores that uses the Kinect to capture data about their shoppers such as height, weight, emotion, etc. Stores can then use the data to better understand their customers and tailor-fit their store to address their wants and needs.
Zebcare focused on designing a app that aims to monitor seniors but in a more private way than video monitoring.
Manctl produced 3-D scanning sofware solutions with potential applications in games, 3-D modeling and printing.
IKKOS is a Seattle-based start up that is finding ways to incorporate the Kinect in its training programs for athletes.
Styku shared a fashion app that will allow users to scan their bodies and try on recommended outfits from retailers.
Ubi used the Kinect to turn practically any surface into a touch screen.
NConnex has created a tool that will allow you to scan your room and virtually try out furniture from retailers in a 3D environment before making a purchase.
Voxon is creating tools for volumetric movie capture and display, hoping that it becomes the foundation of a whole new field of 3D movies or “Voxons.”
GestSure is perhaps one of the more well known participants. Their contribution is a tool that surgeons can use to navigate MRI and CT scans in the operating room using nothing but simple gestures.
Freak’N Genius has created a fun and simple animation tool that allows people to animate characters using the Kinect’s voice and motion capture capabilities
Speaking with Geekwire, Techstars CEO David Cohen expressed his amazement at what the Microsoft Accelerators have accomplished in the 90 day program:
“Across the board they’ve come a long way they’ve come a long way. It’s just been 90 days. The group is so bonded. I went to a dinner last night, and they’re all standing up, very emotional about this being their last dinner together. Talking about reunions. It’s become a peer group, which is one of the things we try to accomplish. In terms of the business, you’ve got some real businesses here. As an investor that has a fund outside the context of TechStars, I’m looking at some of these businesses for my fund. That’s the goal, to see interesting business come out of it. They won’t all be successful, but I think a lot of them have a pretty good shot.”
For those interested to learn more about the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator program, be sure to visit their website using the link we’ve provided below.
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Posted on 06/27/2012
That is a quite a mouthful. And it looks like even the developer has some trouble saying his project’s name at the start of the video. But it sure doesn’t take away from the amazing thing he’s able to accomplish with the Kinect.
According to the developer, this is part of his masters thesis project:
“The Gestural Spatial Mixer. It is a means by which sound can be manipulated with gesture over a multichannel array system. While still in its infancy, it is my hope that this sort of gesture manipulation of sound and other information will be more and more common over the next years. The project incorporates an Xbox Kinect 360 to track the user and a pair of gloves that have two contacts whit which the user can grab the sounds and edit their various parameters.”
We’re seeing the increasing popularity of utilizing the Kinect’s voice and gesture recognition capabilities as alternative “controllers” so this one hack that I can easily see getting widespread use in the near future. It sure would be convenient if I can change settings without having to use any physical devices and just relying on gestures. How about you guys? Is this something you would welcome?
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Posted on 06/25/2012
A lot of people are interested in using the Kinect for more than just gaming. With very advanced gesture and voice recognition capabilities, only one’s imagination can limit the stuff that can be done with it. However, for you to be able to get to do something that’s worthwhile with the Kinect, you have to have the right tools for your project. GesturePak is one of those tools that may just be worth a look.
While we have some free gesture recognition software out there, GesturePak has some features that may be worth the $99 investment. Here are some more details from the developer:
“GesturePak lets you create your own gestures by posing, and then test and tweak them. A .NET API lets you load the gestures and notifies you via an event (or polling) that one or more of your gestures was performed.”
The tool however only works with the Kinect for Windows sensor and is compatible with Kinect SDK 1.5. If you’re interested in checking it out, be sure to swing by their website via the link below. Be sure to share your experiments with the KinectHackers community!
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Posted on 06/23/2012
Kinect and music (or should I say the performing arts?) just seem to go hand in hand. Some of the more successful and interesting games on the Kinect are music and rhythm driven and we’ve also been getting quite a few hack submissions that are related to one or both. These are also some of the more fun ones to review and feature as they usually show people having a lot of fun with them.
Today’s featured hack is once again music related but aside from just using the Kinect, it also utilizes another game changing device — Apple’s iPad.
The video is not in English but from what we can gather, Rock You is a Kinect + iPad (2 iPads to be exact) hack that allows users to create musical sounds. One user can use the Kinect to produce sounds by touching colored balls on the screen while another person can use the iPads like turntables and “enhance” the sounds being produced through the Kinect.
It’s probably not going to be a hack that will change the world, but if the smiles on the participants are any indication, it could be one that could make it more fun.