Windows Driver/SDK Now Available: http://nuigc.com/clkinect
Johnny 5 is alive!!!
~~~~~~ Nov 7 ~~~~~~
If you remember my PS3 Eye on Windows post then you’ll really like this one:
Under the hood, the Kinect device hosts some pretty amazing hardware. For starters, the Kinect’s depth sensor is stunning. A quality depth sensing camera like this would ordinarily cost a couple orders of magnitude more than the Kinect device itself. For only ~$150, Kinect makes RGB-D type of sensing accessible to anyone. The potential uses are numerous including HCI, robotics, educational use, surveillance, motion capture, people/object tracking, 3D scanning, etc.
Having all this in mind, as a research project, I took a weekend challenge of getting this awesome new Xbox device to work on Windows 7.
Here are the first tests of controlling the Kinect NUI Motor and reading the built in real-time accelerometer data on a PC.
The outlook looks good for other sensors on the device (i.e. cameras and microphones).
~~~~~~ Nov 8 ~~~~~~
As promised here are some more tests that reveal the Kinect NUI Camera action (Color & Depth Sensors).
Both Color and Depth cameras running @ 640x480. As you can see Kinect runs quite good on Window 7.
Hopefully, soon we’ll have multiple Kinect devices going like: http://nuigc.com/clmulticam
~~~~~~ Nov 9 ~~~~~~
Color and 3D Depth Sensing with Kinect
After a great response from the community we have started a project to help open source our research related to the Microsoft’s new Xbox Kinect device. We started a 10k donation fund to complete driver specifications and software for the Xbox Kinect Audio, Color/Depth Cameras and Motor/Accelerometer.
We want to help the community and accelerate Kinect support on Linux/Mac/Windows as well as provide clear documentation. We see huge potential of the Kinect’s influence on robotics and computer vision and upon the completion of the fund we will release a full project under an open source license. We hope the fund completes quickly and if not we still have plans on releasing a Free Windows Driver and SDK just like we have done in the past with the PS3 Eye devices.
Thanks to Adafruit for there is already $3000 available and we will try and work with them to see if we can make something happen. We are not looking to make money but believe a properly funded project will bring us great results and help us all faster access the full capabilities of the sensors as well as foster future developments such as 3D mapping/tracking.
~~~~~~ Nov 10 ~~~~~~
We have decided to close the fund, We have learned that ChipIn is not a good solution for such efforts and saw progress by other contenders. We have have raised a total of $457, which we will now be donating all of it to Hector/his projects for his success. Overall this was a huge success and the NUI Group alone got nearly 50,000 visitors in past 3 days… so congratulations to everyone involved in brining attention to such topics.
Thanks and stay tuned for more video updates as well as downloads for the Driver and Test Applications for using your Kinect in Windows