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.
Microsofts 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. Youll learn about the Kinect hardware and what it can do. Youll install drivers and learn to download and run the growing amount of Kinect software freely available on the Internet. From there, youll 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, youll learn principles and terminology. Volumetric computing didnt begin with the Kinect. The field is decades oldif youve 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.
What youll learn
- Install drivers to connect your Kinect to your PC, whether running Windows or Mac OSX
- Download and run the growing body of software freely available via the Internet
- Write scripts in the popular Processing language
- Take advantage of Microsofts Kinect SDK for Windows
- Choose a software development environment that suits your needs
- Grasp principles and terminology underlying the Kinect technology
Who this book is for
Meet the Kinect is aimed at technology enthusiasts, including programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are fascinated by the possibilities arising from the direct, human-computer interaction enabled by the Microsoft Kinect. The book is for anyone who wants to take advantage of the growing body of software for the Kinect, and for those who wish to write their own programs and scripts involving the Kinect as an input device.
Table of Contents
- Getting Started
- Behind the Technology
- Applications in the Wild
- Scripting the Kinect
- Many Ways to Kinect
- Application Development with PrimeSense's NITE Framework
- Application Development with the Beckon Framework
- Application Development with Microsoft's Windows/XBOX Framework
- Volumetric Display Techniques
- Where to Go From Here?
About the Author
Sean Kean is an artist, entrepreneur, and technologist living on the edge of bohemian culture in an industrial loft in Brooklyn, New York. With his background in science, art, education, and international travel, Sean brings a fresh outlook and enthusiasm as he explains the intricacies of complex technology and theory in easy-to-understand ways that even his friends in art, business, and preschool can understand. Insatiable in his curiosity, the author has filled his passport as a flight attendant for an airline chartered by the U.S. military, rediscovered learning through play as an early childhood educator, studied the streets and buildings of New York City to claim both a taxi and real estate license, and has been programming well enough to be dangerous for more than 20 years. The co-founder of HERE.st, a tech startup bridging the virtual and physical worlds by providing Internet addresses for street addresses, Sean organizes the NYC OpenKinect meetup group and speaks at conferences in his free time.