Part Three of “The KINECT Generations Project”

Kinect Generations Project

Part Three of “The KINECT Generations Project”

Date: 06/09/2011

Really excited I have finally got to use the Microsoft KINECT with some of the students the results of this can be found in the video below. They loved every minute of it. We looked at using the cursor control program along with Microsoft’s World-Wide Telescope to explore the solar system and look at different planets. The students relished in the fact they were immersed in the process rather than sat there listening to the teacher. Even students who would sometimes be disengaged in the thought of being involved in the learning process sat up and took notice and wanted to be involved.

Another program I have tried out is the Augmented Reality program. You would have seen my daughter Rosie using this in a previous post. We used this program to look for and locate different countries of the world. The students really enjoyed this as they had not really seen anything like this before. Once they had learnt how to control the earth in their hands this became easy for them to position the globe where they want it.

We then had a very special guest appearance by Dan Roberts aka @Chickensaltash he showed the students a KINECT program that comes free with the KINECT SDK package (he also brings a new meaning to the term “The Funky Chicken”). Normally used as a simple game we used it to show the students how Physics engines work with in ICT as well as how skeletal tracking works. The students really enjoyed this and asked lots of questions about how it all work and how they could make their own versions or variations of the program. The students are now very geared up for the start of the academic year.

Using a Microsoft KINECT in a classroom

I intend to look at how else the Microsoft KINECT can be used in other subjects within the curriculum. All of this innovation can be picked up for around £100 as all of the software needed to set this up is free via Microsoft. I can honestly say it is the best bit of technology I have brought in a very long time.

More to come soon…


The KINECT Generations Project: Part 2

Kinect Generations Project

Part Two of “The KINECT Generations Project”

Date: 01/09/2011

Ok so I have had the KINECT for just over a day now and I have found a number of codes/applications already created for the KINECT. One of which is a cursor control application so I downloaded and tried it out. It works brilliantly really easy to use. I have created a video below which shows how you can use the KINECT microphone array in conjunction with the cursor control; I thought that the best way to try this out is by using Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope. If you haven’t seen the Microsoft video have a look at my previous augmented reality post.

It appears that as I am writing this, waiting for the YouTube video to upload, that @Lanky_Boi_Ray has already been playing around with this and has blogged about it already here is his blog entry about this.

Anyway regardless if this has already been talked about it is still very cool. I still love the fact that you can combine the voice recognition with the cursor control.

In fact the KINECT is so easy to use even my 2-year-old daughter Rosie can use it. In the video below she is controlling the Earth by the movement of her hands.

This is an excellent example of how we can use the KINECT and Augmented Reality within the classroom making education accessible and inclusive regardless of age or experience. More to come soon…