One of the Kinect’s most prominent features is it’s ability to track movements and translate late into something that a computer can understand. Today’s featured Kinect project explores this to create a “unique user experience” involving 3D models. Here’s the description of the project from its lead engineer, Matt Arnold:
“Second Story Labs has created a unique user experience by combining the new head tracking capabilities recently added to Microsoft Kinect’s arsenal of features, with a transparent EL screen from Planar. As people approach the camera, the depth-sensing device passively tracks their faces and provides a computer with the 3d position and orientation of the user’s head. We combined this information with openGL code and the electroluminescent display from Planar to create a type of holographic 3D display.
“By carefully calibrating the display and camera, we can make it appear as though a 3d model is floating behind the screen (as seen in this experiment) or just as easily augment an actual item located behind the screen with layers of information and graphics. This experience only works for one user at a time, but the effect is captivating and holds exciting potential for future transparent display installations.”
Be sure to learn more about their projects using the link below after watching the video.