We’ve seen the Kinect used in spectacular light shows and this is another example of how the Kinect brings technology to artistic constructs. This recent video by Eric Brockmeyer and Jordan Parsons showcases how the users steps can be traced by the Kinect and the features it can add to it. As the computer registers the trail, a series of dazzling shapes and lights provide a beautiful artistic trail. This project made for the Interactive Art and Computational Design again increases the variety and standard for artistic Kinect contributions of the community. This will undoubtedly receive a lot of attention from artists and performers who are looking to modernize their work. Also, with the Kinect, more and more people are beginning to realize the multitude of things the device can make. It is a matter of time before most of our entertainment and art become interactive (with the help of Kinect).
The setup for the Kinect Tracer is very intricate. Here is a short description by the developers:
“We created a path mapping system which projects a graphic visualization of a user’s path on the ground behind and on top of them. The setup included a ceiling mounted projector, a 45 degree hanging mirror, two computers (Mac OS and Windows 7), and a Microsoft Kinect Sensor. We used the openframeworks libraries ofxOSC, ofxKinect, and ofxOpenCV to track users, communicate between machines and generate graphics.”
For a more detailed, comprehensive description, visit the Kinect Tracer website.