Kinect application written and demoed on YouTube

Remember last week when we told you about the bounty placed on the Kinect requesting someone to release open source drivers? And remember how that challenge was completed very shortly thereafter? Well now the first application has been developed that uses the Kinect hardware on a PC platform and it’s looking pretty good for a first attempt.

A user on YouTube by the name of floemuc has posted a video entitled, “Multitouch with Hacked Kinect (HD),” and in the 95 second video he uses his hands to move photos around a desktop, resize them, and twirl them around. The screen also shows the computer’s view of the user, even identifying the user’s hands as he tracks the images around the screen. He posted the video a mere week after the official launch of Kinect.

Floemuc commented that, “I thought I'd get the mandatory picture-browsing stuff done so it's out of the way and everybody can focus on more interesting things.” According to floemuc’s post on YouTube, he used Ubuntu Linux as his development platform, libfreenect (the Kinect drivers), and libTISCH, from the “Tangible Interactive Surfaces for Collaboration between Humans” project.

This is a good start to open source applications for the Kinect. Is this going to be technology that will enter the mainstream of day-to-day computing? What other useful applications would you like to see written to take advantage of the technology on your desktop?

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HawkMan said,
that video doesn't even seem to use the depth camera. jusr the rgb camera with an edge detect filter applied


That would make sense - using the depth camera would be much more difficult.

Also, how do we know he isn't just using a normal webcam and not Kinect?

Edited by rfirth, Nov 14 2010, 10:41pm :

Played on my first Kinect Game last night and have to say, i was very impressed with how accurately it detected your movements. I liked the idea that using your hand to guide the pointer to a button in game, and letting it hover for a few seconds, selected it. All very clever stuff that would be absolutely amazing if applied in windows. Imagine being able to conduct a presentation and use just your hands to change slides etc, changing songs by a few hand gestures and so on

if jailbreaking iPhones is not seen as illegal, how can this be seen as illegal? it doesn't hurt the companies when people 'hack' these devices because only advanced users would ever attempt such a task ... if you just want to play games with the kinect then it still does that, but if you want to use the great technology in it ... now you can ... awesome!

Well, jailbreaking and this aren't even close. Jailbreaking modifies the software on the iPhone, whereas this is a set of drivers running on a host computer, no modification of the Kinect at all. So, if jailbreaking isn't illegal and that modifies the device, people who see this as illegal are either incredibly stupid or don't understand what they're talking about. Or both.

this isn't a company that sues left and right like certain other companies do. I think they'd even hire him for this accomplishment. I am sure that some of the software/hardware engineers at MS can learn from him....

OK - I have to toss this out there....its late in the US and my brain is kinda foggy but...

now "cyber sex" is going to have a whole new meaning.......

marinejld said,
OK - I have to toss this out there....its late in the US and my brain is kinda foggy but...

now "cyber sex" is going to have a whole new meaning.......


What do you mean exactly? There are already web cams.

thatguyandrew1992 said,

What do you mean exactly? There are already web cams.

naahh, now you can actually manipulate your model on the screen at will. don't have to use the mouse or a controller - just your hands - hmmm - I think you should immediately file a patent on your idea marinejld...

Sue him for what? He wrote the software interconnect himself, integrating in to an existing multi-touch library.

carmatic said,
good going

now all this guy has gotta do is hope that microsoft doesnt sue him...

Sue him for what? Writing drivers for hardware? Please! Intellectual property wasn't violated as I doubt anyone has reverse-engineered any Kinect games looking for source code (which is where the real investment in Kinect is).

Microsoft may frown because people aren't using the hardware the way they intended, but they couldn't touch this guy even if they wanted to.

carmatic said,
good going

now all this guy has gotta do is hope that microsoft doesnt sue him...

Ya, cause if 50,000 people buy a kinect to use for stuff like this, Microsoft would be really upset at all the money they would be making and the sales numbers...

thenetavenger said,

Ya, cause if 50,000 people buy a kinect to use for stuff like this, Microsoft would be really upset at all the money they would be making and the sales numbers...


Idk, if they arent making much money, they may be assuming that those people will be buying an xbox, or xbox games.