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Jarrett Webb, James Ashley
Beginning Kinect Programming with the Microsoft Kinect SDK gets you up and running developing Kinect applications for your PC using Microsoft tools and the official SDK. You will have a working Kinect program by the end of the first chapter! The following chapters will open up the secrets of three-dimensional vision, skeleton tracking, audio through the Kinect, and more. Examples illustrate the concepts in the form of simple games that react to your body movements. The result is a fun read that helps you learn one of the hottest technologies out there today. Beginning Kinect Programming with the Microsoft Kinect SDK also provides building blocks and ideas for mashing up the Kinect with other technologies to create art, interactive games, 3D models and enhanced office automation. You'll learn the fundamental code basic to almost all Kinect applications. You'll learn to integrate that code with other tools and manipulate data to create amazing Kinect applications. Beginning Kinect Programming with the Microsoft Kinect SDK is your gateway into the exciting world of three-dimensional, real-time computer interaction. Helps you create a proper development environment for Kinect applications. Covers the basics of three-dimensional vision, skeleton tracking, gesture recognition, and audio Provides fun examples that keep you engaged and learning What you’ll learn Create a proper development environment Work with data streams from the Kinect sensor Use skeleton-tracking for interactive applications Build speech-aware applications Develop simple, Kinect-based games for the PC Learn the underlying math involved in three-dimensional programming Who this book is for Beginning Kinect Programming with the Microsoft Kinect SDK is for Microsoft developers who want to learn to program for the newest and coolest Microsoft input device. The book assumes familiarity, but not expertise, with WPF and C#. Developers will be able to use their current knowledge and experience with the Microsoft stack to build new types of applications that have never been possible before. Most of all, this book is for developers who want to go beyond simply creating data-entry applications and recapture the fun of creating software. Table of Contents Getting Started with Kinect Application Fundamentals Depth Image Processing Kinect Skeletons Advanced Skeleton Tracking Kinect Gestures Speech Beyond the Basics
Sean Kean, Jonathan Hall, Phoenix Perry
Meet the Kinect introduces the exciting world of volumetric computing using the Microsoft Kinect. You'll learn to write scripts and software enabling the use of the Kinect as an input device. Interact directly with your computer through physical motion. The Kinect will read and track body movements, and is the bridge between the physical reality in which you exist and the virtual world created by your software. Microsoft’s Kinect was released in fall 2010 to become the fastest-selling electronic device ever. For the first time, we have an inexpensive, three-dimensional sensor enabling direct interaction between human and computer, between the physical world and the virtual. The Kinect has been enthusiastically adopted by a growing culture of enthusiasts, who put it to work in creating technology-based art projects, three-dimensional scanners, adaptive devices for sight-impaired individuals, new ways of interacting with PCs, and even profitable business opportunities. Meet the Kinect is the resource to get you started in mastering the Kinect and the exciting possibilities it brings. You’ll learn about the Kinect hardware and what it can do. You’ll install drivers and learn to download and run the growing amount of Kinect software freely available on the Internet. From there, you’ll move into writing code using some of the more popular frameworks and APIs, including the official Microsoft API and the language known as Processing that is popular in the art and creative world. Along the way, you’ll learn principles and terminology. Volumetric computing didn’t begin with the Kinect. The field is decades old—if you’ve ever had an MRI, for example, you have benefitted from volumetric computing technology. Meet the Kinect goes beyond just the one device to impart the principles and terminology underlying the exciting field of volumetric computing that is now wide-open and accessible to the average person. What you’ll learn Install drivers to connect your Kinect to your PC, whether running Windows or Mac OSX Download and run the growing body of software freely available via the Internet Write scripts in the popular Processing language Take advantage of Microsoft’s Kinect SDK for Windows Choose a software development environment that suits your needs Grasp principles and terminology underlying the Kinect technology Who this book is for Meet the Kinect is aimed at technology enthusiasts, including programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are fascinated by the possibilities arising from the direct, human-computer interaction enabled by the Microsoft Kinect. The book is for anyone who wants to take advantage of the growing body of software for the Kinect, and for those who wish to write their own programs and scripts involving the Kinect as an input device. Table of Contents Getting Started Behind the Technology Applications in the Wild Scripting the Kinect Many Ways to Kinect Application Development with PrimeSense's NITE Framework Application Development with the Beckon Framework Application Development with Microsoft's Windows/XBOX Framework Volumetric Display Techniques Where to Go From Here?
Create rich experiences for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview with this pragmatic guide to the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). The author, a developer evangelist for Microsoft, walks you through Kinect sensor technology and the SDK--providing hands-on insights for how to add gesture and posture recognition to your apps. If you're skilled in C# and Windows Presentation Foundation, you'll learn how to integrate Kinect in your applications and begin writing Uis and controls that can handle Kinect interaction. This book introduces the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit to developers looking to enrich applications they build for Windows 7 and later with human motion tracking Teaches developers with core C# and WPF skills how to program gesture and posture recognition in Kinect Describes how to integrate 3D representation on top of a real scene Provides expert insights and code samples to get you up and running