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So perhaps Kinect development for me after all :)

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    Dr Herbie

    When my delayed luggage from the MIX11 conference finally arrived last night, I found that the free Kinect that I was given had been stolen from inside my bag. I have now found that the excess on my travel insurance is about £3 below the cost of a Kinect, so it's not even worth claiming (several letters and a lot of messing about just to claim £3 - would probbaly cost more than that in stamps and printer ink).

    So if anyone wants to develop for the Kinect but can't think of what to do, I was going to try and make a Kinect Theremin and a hand-gesture recognition system for inserting emoticons (smileys) into text. Feel free to use these ideas if they appeal.

    I'm really quite p*ssed off, it's a crappy ending to a good week.

     

    Herbie

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    Sven Groot

    Damn, that sucks. Sad

    I had a leaking bottle of contact lense fluid in my bag. The kinect's box is ruined but the kinect itself appears fine at first glance (I can't really test it until the SDK comes out, but at least Windows detects the device when I plug it in).

    The last time one of those blasted bottles broke I wasn't quite so lucky. The stuff I use is 3% H2O2 so it's very aggressive, and over a decade ago it managed to turn the inside of my mobile phone to oxidized green dust. Even the SIM-card was ruined.

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    Bas

    That really sucks man. And to think I was afraid I had to pay tax for importing that thing.

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    Ian2

    @Dr Herbie:Bummer.

     If you have started your WP7 development then be sure to check out http://www.my-rewards.com/wp7 I just got my second point yesterday - only 3 points needed for a Kinect.

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    Dr Herbie

    @Ian2: Thanks for the tip -- my first release (hopefully in the next few weeks if i get time) won't be particularly original -- just "a better mousetrap".

    Possibly if I can figure out the UI for the 'killer feature' then it might be a valid 'unique idea' after an update release.

    Herbie

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    Ian2

    @Dr Herbie: Cool, let us know when it is up on the marketplace so we can take a look.

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    Richard.Hein

    @Dr HerbieSad  Too bad.  Sad

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    dentaku

    That's annoying. It's ridiculous that airline employees can steal stuff so easily. I'm assuming it's employees, I mean, who else would it be.

    By the way, if you ever want to mess with Theremin stuff there's a nice free VST called Super Spook Keys. http://www.simple-media.co.uk/music/vsti/vsti.htm#superspookkeys
    All you have to do is send regular MIDI CC data to it and it controls the X and Y co-ordinates which correspond to pitch and amplitude. If you don't have any audio software to host the VST in you can always just run it in Savihost. http://www.hermannseib.com/english/savihost.htm

    Of course, Theremins have been made with Kinects already but it sounds like a good project to start with.

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    When my delayed luggage from the MIX11 conference finally arrived last night, I found that the free Kinect that I was given had been stolen from inside my bag. I have now found that the excess on my travel insurance is about £3 below the cost of a Kinect, so it's not even worth claiming (several letters and a lot of messing about just to claim £3 - would probbaly cost more than that in stamps and printer ink).

    So if anyone wants to develop for the Kinect but can't think of what to do, I was going to try and make a Kinect Theremin and a hand-gesture recognition system for inserting emoticons (smileys) into text. Feel free to use these ideas if they appeal.

    I'm really quite p*ssed off, it's a crappy ending to a good week.

     

    Herbie

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    Charles

    Bummer! Sorry to hear this...

    C

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    kettch

    @dentaku:I had some expensive stuff stolen once and nobody seemed to care about responding. I don't know if it was airline employees or TSA, although I'm leaning towards TSA since they are the ones with the X-Ray machines.

    There's no way to track who touched your bags at the airline, and government thugs tend to close ranks.

    Herbie, I'd say that you should keep this thread going until somebody at C9 decides to ship you another one. Smiley

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    ZippyV

    Herbie, I'd say that you should keep this thread going until somebody at C9 decides to ship you another one. Smiley

    With a GPS tracker inside.

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    dahat

    Hot damn, sorry to hear.

    Was there no room for it in your carry on?

    With the exception of when traveling with a desktop PC/server, or when going back to South Dakota for hunting (and transporting a rifle or two)... I refuse to put anything of value outside of my control to try to avoid just what you described.

    Laptop, iPad, cameras, boxed software for friends/family, etc... all remain in my backpack and in an overhead bin that I can watch.

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    magicalclick

    @Dr Herbie:

    I suspect TSA because they have a legilimate excuse. Hey, this camera maybe taking terrorist target sites (like my female friend's camera). Or like yours, hey, this may contain pirate content or floor plan of the target sites. All in all, I always carry on my electronic stuff. Camera, Cellphone, notebook, etc. If they want to take it away, at least I know where to claim it back.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    kettch

    @magicalclick:Wrap stuff you don't want stolen in (clean) underwear. Even if you know that it's clean, they don't.

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    Dr Herbie

    @dahat: No there was no room in the carry-on backpack I had.  There was barely room on my holdall for it!

    There was no notification that it was removed for any official reasons, so I suspect it was just a thief rummaging through likely bags. I guess the lesson is that you should ignore the official advice and lock your luggage.

    Oh well, I've had my moan, so I fell better now.

    Herbie

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    Sven Groot

    I've locked my luggage before, they nearly always break the lock to check the bag, so that's no help.

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    Minh

    The thing is, if you lock it, and had something stolen, at least you can narrow it down to the guy that unlocked it. They do sell "TSA-Approved" locks that has a "backdoor" that TSA can unlock, then relock for you

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    spivonious

    That sucks Herbie. Hopefully someone from C9 can send you another one.

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