On 28/2/2011, we had the first “Kinectic Jam Session” at Media Lab Helsinki.
These sessions aim to be very informal and hands-on, based on showing and doing things together.
– Exchange experiences regarding development with Kinect or related technologies
– Share tips on how to get started with Kinect-related development
The target for these jams are either people who have been working with Kinect, or people interested in starting out.
One of the main points of interest is to map out the implementation of Kinect in different development environments (openFrameworks, Processing, Flash, Unity, PureData, Max/MSP, Cinder, QuartzComposer, etc), and reach recommendations regarding different approaches (TuioKinect or OpenNI, for example).
In the first session, on 28/2/2011, there were 2 presentations, by Matti NiinimÃ¤ki and Ferhat Sen.
1. Matti NiinimÃ¤ki presentation
Matti (mansteri.com) began by describing how Kinect can be implemented in QuartzComposer, according to his own experience. He presented how QuartzComposer can be downloaded and installed in a Mac. QuartzComposer is part of Apple’s Developers tools, comes with every Macintosh, and can also be downloaded for free from the Mac Dev Center. Matti has also developed projects connecting QuartzComposer with Animata.
He discussed the use of solutions from the kineme.net website, such as:
- Kinect tools 0.3
- v002 (available through search box), useful for using the tilt functionality
And also solution from http://1024d.wordpress.com/ (it can be found in a “box” widget, in the right sidebar). This one would be ideal for creating 3D point clouds.
Matti pointed out that there are essentially 2 paths for using Kinect:
1. The “Freenect.com” branch, including TuioKinect.
Advantages: setup ease, robust
2. The OpenNI branch, including OSCeleton.
Advantages: easier to use
Disadvantages: requires calibration, crashes/unstable (at least on Mac)
OSCeleton with QuartzComposer:
Example using Animata:
2. Ferhat Sen presentation
Ferhat (ferhatsen.com) is involved in two projects within Media Lab Helsinki. He presented some examples of his implementations, both using the Freenect/TuioKinect path, and also OpenNI/OSCeleton path. He has implemented Kinect with PureData, Processing and Unity.
It was pointed out that OSC data can only be read from Kinect by one application at a time, so when using multiple applications it has to follow a single pipeline, routed from one application to the next. For example, PureData can read from Kinect, and then control an animation in Animata.
Two of Ferhat’s examples:
In the end, different benchmark videos were watched, via KinectHacks and Microsoft Research, such as:
(continue reading about the second Kinectic Jam Session)