Hello, the eagle eyed of you will of noticed that I have revamped the website with a new colour scheme and banner I hope you like it. I am please to announce the start of a project I am going to be running which is called as you might of guessed “The KINECT Generations Project” I have a dedicated section of my blog where you can find all my blog Entries related to this project. part one is below but please have a look at the dedicated section which can be found here or under the heading “KINECT Generations” on the menu bar above.
Part One of “The KINECT Generations Project”
So after some thought I decided to go out and buy a KINECT sensor before going back to school, this is so I could have a proper look at what it can do in my own time. I am really glad I did it is amazing and I have only just scratched the surface, as I type this I am patently downloading Visual Studio Express so I can get on to the programming side of things.
So what have I done so far, I have installed the KINECT SDK software and hooked up the KINECT sensor to my laptop. I then started to have a play around the speech recognition software that comes with windows 7. Now normally I would say stay away from speech recognition, as it can be quite temperamental. For those that of you who know me I have got a little bit of a Westcountry accent so speech recognition does not normally go hand in hand with that. I am not sure if it’s the software that Microsoft supplies with Windows 7 or the fact that the KINECT has a Microphone array but it works fine I am even using it now to dictate this blog post!
I have also looked at the sample skeletal viewer which comes with the KINECT SDK software. I am currently in a small office which is about 2 meters squared with a desk and built-in wardrobes, and it picked me up fine. All in all so far I am really impressed how easy the KINECT is to set up to a Laptop or PC and get results. It just works and I cannot wait to use this with my students! I will be doing more updates as the project progresses so please keep checking back or subscribe to the blog so you never miss an update.