Kinect Test @ /// Lazercrunk from /// *** this.riley *** \ on Vimeo.

Spotted: Our friend Riley Harmon, experimenting with Kinect as a live performance tool in Pittsburgh, in what I expect will be the first of many such performances coming around the world.

playing around testing the kinect @ brillobox pittsburgh​​
OF, FFT OSC, MSA 3D Shape, Kinect, TUIO

This comes just days after the release of a TUIO library for Kinect, which helps the open source Kinect project to speak the lingua franca of today’s connected visual software, OpenSoundControl (which is open and provides control but doesn’t have to do sound).

It does make me wonder: will you soon be able to earn extra cred doing a visual performance entirely with faders and knobs? (Oldskool, baby!) In fact, let’s do it: anyone care to submit to Create Digital Motion the most impressive use of knobs and/or old-fashioned arcade control? Defend that joystick from the onslaught of this new-fangled Kinect nonsense!

Here’s a closer look at what’s happening behind the scenes:

Kinect, OSC, OpenFrameworks, Visuals from /// *** this.riley *** \ on Vimeo.

  • Nice one Riley!

  • Great to see interesting projects coming up for the TuioKinect tool! Now I just have to find some time again to improve the handling and robustness of the application … I am planning to add a calibration feature and distinction of a dedicated pointing gesture next.

  • Amazing use of kinect! A bunch of posibilities! Much more interesting than games! 😉

  • Sebastian

    i'm in two minds. first it got to be said, that kinetic is a gread tool.
    despite this fancy demo, i'm confused wheather it really needs a sophesticated controller like this or not. a webcam and simple image analysing tools also output x,y,z coordinates for a given object (e.g. a hand).