The Kinect for Windows team recently conducted a hackathon in partnership with NUI Central. The hackathon went on for 27-hours and the participants were focused on developing applications and experiences using the upcoming Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK 2.0. The event had around 100 participants from around the world.
Kinect for Windows team revealed that developers have shown tremendous interest in the experimental near-field firmware that turns the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor into a near-field device that can be used at close range (from 10cm to 1m).
Find out the top three teams from the hackathon below,
- First place: lightspeed. Their application, called K4B, used a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor to scan large ceiling spaces in order to map HVAC and electrical details so that renovators can get accurate, detailed as-built measurements.
- Second place: adabiits. Their application, Thing T. Thing, included a robotic hand that waves when someone walks by and can be controlled by using finger tracking.
- Third place: Body Labs. Their application, ScanAdHoc, combined multiple Kinect for Windows v2 sensors wirelessly over WebSockets, enabling accurate 3D body scans to be used for fitting clothes.
Other teams that presented projects:
- Augmented Travel presented “Augmented Travel,” which allows you to explore an area virtually, by using your body as the controller.
- Cornell Tech presented “Body DJ,” which enables you to “rock out” by using body gestures.
- Critical Mass presented “Sweeper,” which uses Kinect Ripple to raise awareness about the deadly nature of landmines. The team posted a video.
- Gunters presented “Blox,” which combines the v2 sensor and Oculus Rift to create a personal world using drag and drop.
- Landroids presented “Obstacle Avoidance Robot,” which used Kinect for Window’s depth sensing capabilities to aid navigation for a Lego Mindstorm robot.
- Leftover presented “Touchless Controller,” which enables you to use gestures to control any Windows application or to scroll and navigate in a web browser or Visual Studio.
- Sandwich Dance Party presented “Hue Light Controller,” which enables you to point at a physical light in the room to turn it on or off, and then to use a hand gesture to change the color of the light.
- SLIP SLAP presented “Around the Cluck,” a game about gold and a guardian chicken, created in Unity 3D. Players must move around the room and carefully collect eggs, so as not to awaken the chicken.
- SoundPound presented “SoundPound,” a human drum that functions as roadside sobriety test.
- SpiceDoctor presented “Kinect Virtual Doctor,” a Windows 8 application that uses the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor to monitor your heart rate in real time.
- Team Fantabulous presented “Power Doge,” a cutting-edge media browser in which novel hand gestures create a unique photo viewing experience.
- Trail Makers presented “Immersive Trail,” a twenty-first–century approach to the Trail Making Test, a neuro-psychological assessment of visual attention and the ability to switch tasks.
- Tropicana Pure Premium presented “Finger Tracking Keyboard,” which enables you to shift keys by moving your hand.
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