Computers - Software Hardware : Microsoft Kinect and the Hacker/Tinkerer Spirit

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  1. Gorilla

    Gorilla Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Microsoft Kinect started off as Project Natal. It answered the call to inject further innovation into the interactive gaming experience, but it also delivered a very interesting side effect. An example of this is in the video below:



    The kinect was quickly hacked and re-purposed into a number of interesting projects. Sample of them can be found from Popular Science magazine (http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2010-11/five-hacks-free-microsofts-kinect-xbox).

    Hacking Microsoft's Kinect: Two Weeks In, Six Amazing Projects

    The most futuristic device you can have in your living room...hacked
    popsci.com


    Another project I found interesting was the use of the kinect in a quadrotor robot to avoid objects in the environment:



    If you're shopping around for an interesting hardware/hacking project, the kinect might be a good fit if you're interested in robotics or HCI.

    More random resource below.

    General Overview:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinect
    Kinect - Wikipedia
    en.wikipedia.org


    OpenKinect:
    http://openkinect.org/wiki/Main_Page (wiki)
    OpenKinect
    openkinect.org

    https://github.com/OpenKinect/libfreenect (repos)

    OpenKinect/libfreenect

    libfreenect - Drivers and libraries for the Xbox Kinect device on Windows, Linux, and OS X
    github.com

    http://groups.google.com/group/openkinect (google group)

    Google Groups

    Google Groups allows you to create and participate in online forums and email-based groups with a rich experience for community conversations.
    groups.google.com


    Kinect applied to Education:
    http://www.kinecteducation.com/

    KinectEDucation

    Innovating education with gesture-based learning
    kinecteducation.com
     
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    I think Roomba hacking would be a lot of fun.
     
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    An army or Roomba robots would be awesome :).