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"I have the Minority Report UI.."

Today's project is the start of doing what we all want to see done, putting a NUI (Natural User Interface) on Windows.

You know this is coming, that it's just a matter of time, that touch support for desktop/notebooks is just a stopgap until we get real NUI/gesture support. Do you really want to touch my notebook screen or monitor (and have everyone else touching it too)? Or really just use your hands, fingers and voice as the UI controller? That's the early promise of Kinect.

And the early promise of libraries like this...

KinectNUI

KinectNUI is a Natural User Interface for Windows, built on the Kinect SDK. If you have a Kinect and a modern Windows PC, you should be able to get it to work.

Project Information URL: http://kinectnui.codeplex.com/ & http://www.kconnolly.net/Post.aspx?Title=KinectNUI+Release+%2f+Open+Source

Project Download URL: http://kinectnui.codeplex.com/releases/

Project Source URL: http://kinectnui.codeplex.com/SourceControl/list/changesets

 

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Page thumbnail, The Future of Touch User Interface Design, curtsey of elizaIO

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  • Ian WalkerIan2 In geeks we trust ...

    Cool, glad this is up on Codeplex, will monitor with interest. 

    Suspect there is scope for combined audio/movement commands?

    Trick will be making the whole thing feel natural rather than a little contrived (but maybe this will come with repeated use anyway?)

  • tsilbSlackmasterK This Space ​Intentional​ly Left Blank

    That's me!

    Honestly, I'm just trying to make the possibilities public knowledge. I'm a back-end coder, great at making things work, but I absolutely suck at design. I also suck at Win32, which is how all this Windows control stuff works. 

    I may or may not pursue the project. It's up on Codeplex because I'm not allowed to sell it, so it makes sense to open source it. I'll gladly accept anyone who wants to contribute as long as they know (more or less) what they're doing. 

    I also really hope I'm not the only guy doing this. Building a gesture system is not that hard. Making it work gracefully, despite the lack of grace in human movement; making it work with the underlying OS; those are hard.

    No plans for audio. Windows already has a great speech recognition system, and the Kinect has an awesome mic array that Windows detects as a mic array.

    About a dozen other videos on this project on my YouTube channel.

  • tsilbSlackmasterK This Space ​Intentional​ly Left Blank

    If Windows 8 doesn't have some sort of Kinect support built in, I'll be really disappointed. With posts like this, surely Microsoft sees where Kinect can take us...?

    I'm considering buying a second one and playing around with that. May improve the wonky skeletal tracking.

  • Greg Duncangduncan411 It's amazing what a professional photographer can do...

    @SlackmasterK: That's you! LOL Smiley

    Nope, you're not alone (but you were the first I saw using the Kinect SDK at least). I wouldn't be surprised if next week another NUI project isn't highlighted in the Gallery... Tongue Out (cough... say next Thursday... cough... )

    Anyway, thank you for your Kinect SDK effort (and everyone's on and off the Gallery) and for releasing the source. Have a good weekend...

  • Alex van AlmeloAlex van Almelo

    @SlackmasterK:

    Me and a few college buddies are going to really try and expand on this design.

    We plan on pooling large amounts of data in order to figure out what the best design would be for each movement. Sure, I may think that this design is cool, but if only 5% do pick it up, it's not worth it.

    Great work though!

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