How about controlling Windows 7 using Kinect? Yes, it has been made possible by the Evoluce software team that worked hard on multitouch and gesture control solutions supported by Microsoft.
Microsoft has helped in hacking Kinect to control Windows 7
Multi-gesture and multi-user interaction unleashes exciting possibilities for a multitude of applications like gaming, consumer electronics, office, events, education, command and control, point of sale and medical systems. Soon you will plug in depth sensing devices like Kinect into your PC and you will start intuitive communication with your computer and other users.”
Cool, but it's a shame that they chose to show the worst possible use of Kinect: controlling the cursor using your finger and outstretched arm. That's just doing something because you can, not because it is actually an improvement. Show me some innovation in controlling the PC that isn't possible (and more convenient) with a mouse and keyboard.
The multi-user thing is neat, though.
I guess they are not using libfreenect?
As a heavy Media Center user, I'm hopeful we'll see this optimized for Media Center sooner rather later...not so much for hand gestures but voice control. Amulet Devices does a really nice job. I just could do without Amulet replicating Media Center apps and indexing media into its own database. The missing ingredient that XBox has is "profile" recognition. With Amulet, you have to say "my name is soandso" for it switch to the right Windows Speech Profile.
@USArcher: Media center support is something I'd really like to see.
i'd really like to see scrolling in windows with kinect. having your elbow resting on the table or arm rest of the chair and being able to scroll. you could "grab" the page by entering a selection "plane" perpendicular to the screen, similar to the one of the first multi touch demos with kinect
you could use the angle of the wrist [something that is definitly possible, even adventures does that] and ignore the spatial position of the hand.Then you could sit back in your chair and scroll through a long page.
now what would be reaaally awsome is combining this with head tracking to effectivly move the interaction from the screen space into the users view space. basically that would make your finger the actual cursor, not something you drag a cursor around with..
that would probably still be best for things like media center [and xbox] though, i think our fingers are generally to "fat" to replace a nimble cursor
I would like to write a program using interpretive dance.
Please make it avaliable on WPF. Both structured controls and primitives.
So far the only thing I dislike with anything I have seen about Kinect, is using it as a game controller...
they have made another demo of using kinect with windows, now this is what the kinect hub should have been like... [they kinect hub shouldnt have exsisted at all really, they should have used the regular dash, but anyway]
Awesome. I'd personally have preferred swiping gestures in Media Center as opposed to controlling a cursor, but the "move with one hand - click with the other" thing is excellent.
i agree on the swipes..
They should be able to to rightclicks (or other types of "clicks") by doing some sign with your hand entering the "clicking plane". That whould not mean 1:1 finger tracking but much simpler class recognition
To delete something you could give it the finger
This is pretty cool.
@USArcher: while the Amulet devices remote product has the ability to select a trained profile to help with recognition of strong accents, you can leave an untrained profile as the default for best recognition of most people.
The demo of Kinect with amulet software uses a diferent recognizer and does not use profiles at all, it uses the server recogniser that has been optimised for the broadest number of users with a wide variation in speech types.
Also the use of Amulet custom screens is optional when selecting the media, they help when you dont know what media you have or what you want to say, but the user can stick to just MS screens if he/she prefers.
Windows 7 controlled by Kinect?
That's pretty cool.
I am a little disappointed by the pricing of the Kinect for Windows which was released today.
The most expensive part of Kinect for Windows is paying the person who is going to develop an experimental technology, not the $250.
That being the case, this should have been priced closer to free than $250 since there are no software titles for this unit at all.
Mind you I work for huge mobile companies, and this is yet another pass after Windows 7 phone, because of a sticking point of some zealous executive. I literally have emails fly by my desk from execs at huge mobile companies saying how they're going to pass on Microsoft completely.
Microsoft is acting and pricing like they are on top, and they're not. 1995 == gone.
No reduced price for Bizspark either, plus the $60,000 of free Azure for Bizspark companies turned out to be a lie.
Is it time to have another funeral for the non-existent competitor to the Kinect? Funeral for the PS Move maybe?
I like the kinect mouse sample which allows control of the computer/system mouse using kinect and iam making a multiuser version of kinect mouse at http://kinectmultipoint.codeplex.com
Anyone wanting to help my project i plan on getting it to work with these programs with kinect by the end of project:
1. microsoft mouse mischief
2. microsoft multipoint mouse sdk (not multipoint server which is completely different)
3. study island (going to talk to support once i get my project in an alpha stage and might need to emulate a clicker device instead this time).
This is for a real life replacement scenario of smartboards at my work which is a K-12 organization which are 1,500 - 2000 dollars a piece.
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