kottke.org posts about Kinect

Sign language translation systemNov 05 2013

A video from Microsoft Research showcases a system that uses the Kinect motion sensing input device to translate between American Sign Language and other sign and spoken languages.

You can read more about the system at Microsoft Research.

Kinect Star Wars dance partyApr 02 2012

Kinect Star Wars has a Galactic Dance Off mode where you can "dance to modern songs remixed with Star Wars lyrics". After watching 30 seconds of this, you may not be able to get "I'm Han Solo" out of your head. It features dance moves like "The Speeder", "Chewie Hug", and "Trash Compactor".

Kind of amazing, but not surprising, that the Star Wars universe has come to this. As one YouTube commenter noted:

I just felt the death of Star Wars. It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

Here are some of the lyrics:

I'm feeling like a star,
you can't stop my shine
I'm loving Cloud City,
my head's in the sky

I'm solo, I'm Han Solo,
I'm Han Solo.
I'm Han Solo. Solo.

Yeah, I'm feeling good tonight,
Finally feeling free and it feels so right, oh.
Time to do the things I like,
Gonna see a Princess, everything's all right, oh.

No Jabba to answer to,
Ain't a fixture in the palace zoo, no.
And since that carbonite's off me
I'm livin' life now that I'm free, yeah.

Told me to get myself together
Now I got myself together, yeah.
Now I made it through the weather,
Better days are gonna get better.

I'm so happy the carbonite is gone.
I'm movin' on.
I'm so happy that it's over now.
The pain is gone.

I'm putting on my shades
to cover up my eyes
I'm jumpin' in my ride,
I'm heading out tonight

I'm solo, I'm Han Solo,
I'm Han Solo.
I'm Han Solo. Solo.

I'm picking up my blaster,
put it on my side.
I'm jumpin' in my Falcon
Wookie at my side.

I'm solo, I'm Han Solo,
I'm Han Solo.
I'm Han Solo. Solo.

It's at this point that Lando comes on and gets jiggy. Amazing. (via ★ironicsans)

Getting stuff doneDec 14 2010

Robert Hodgin is continuing his experiments in manipulating Kinect data in realtime with increasingly hilarious results. Here he multiplies himself to get more work done:

Kinect hackingNov 22 2010

When Microsoft released the Kinect, they unwittingly provided a bunch of data hackers with a new toy. Open-source drivers were created (with Microsoft's blessing) so that you can hook a Kinect up to a PC and do stuff like this:

That's Robert Hodgin manipulating his Kinect data in realtime with Cinder, which is like Processing (but for C++). Here's one with him and his cat.

Kindle and Kinect ChristmasNov 17 2010

Since the introduction of the iPhone, Apple has ruled the December holidays. Under the tree, by the menorah, and around the Festivus pole has appeared a steady stream of iPods, iPhones, iTunes gift cards, iPod touches, and even MacBooks. Apple has sold tons of devices in the final quarter of the last three years and, with the iPad added to the lineup, will likely do so again this year.

But I think two companies who will do even better than Apple in December this year.

The first is Amazon**. The cheapest Kindle is now only $139 (and the one with free 3G is $50 more). They are going to sell a metric crapload of these things this Christmas. And even if they don't, they're going to sell 50 million metric shitloads of Kindle books because you don't even need a Kindle to read Kindle books...Amazon has readers for the iPad (which is way better than Apple's iBooks app IMO), iPhone, Android devices, Blackberry, WinPhone 7, Windows, and OS X. I never would have predicted it, but I am a firm convert to Kindle books...and I don't even have a Kindle. The killer feature here is Amazon's multi-platform support. I *love* reading books on the iPad at home but when I'm out and about, if I've got my iPhone in my pocket, I can read a book. The best book is the one that's always with you.

This one is more of a guess, but the other company that will do well this holiday season is Microsoft. I know, right? But have you seen this Kinect thing? It's an add-on for Xbox 360 that takes everything people loved about the Wii and Wii Fit and makes it easier, more natural, and more powerful. Basically you hook this bar up to your Xbox 360 and it tracks your motion around the room. You're the controller. Here's a snippet from David Pogue's positive review:

The Wii, by tracking the position of its remote control, was amazing for its time (2006). It's a natural for games in which you swing one hand -- bowling, tennis, golf. But the Kinect blows open a whole universe of new, whole-body simulations -- volleyball, obstacle courses, dancing, flying.

It doesn't merely recognize that someone is there; it recognizes your face and body. In some games, you can jump in to take a buddy's place; the game instantly notices the change and signs you in under your own name. If you leave the room, it pauses the game automatically.

There's a crazy, magical, omigosh rush the first time you try the Kinect. It's an experience you've never had before.

The Kinect is available at Amazon (hey, there they are again...) bundled with Xbox 360 for $300 and separately for $150.

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