So! 16th of June came around and thanks to twitter I heard about the Kinect SDK being released! I do not think I had ever geeked so much in my life! Haha! Well I downloaded it and my initial reaction was agh… coding! HOWEVER! Thinking back to some previous coding knowledge I’ve had from university I was able to use a number of sources to help me produce my first program!
I am currently doing a student project on Xbox 360 and there has been some spreadsheet usage in it and I had a look around the internet at programs made. A lot of people had made programs where the camera would render and shapes would appear on the hands. These were fun to try and got me into the coding side of things. Once I had done this. I started going deeper and found the following sources to show me a little bit of C#.
The first thing you will need to have is Visual Studio Express 2010, Windows 7 and Microsoft.NET Framework 4.0. All the instructions for installing the drivers are on the Microsoft Kinect Research website. Check it out by clicking here.
My first source to get me trying the SDK was Channel 9. This website introduced me to the basics and I was able to create the skeleton moving. Once I continued to browse this website it also showed me how to get the camera working step by step. It was very useful and I would recomment it as a starting point for anyone who is trying it.
Now not all of you will have programming background so here are a few useful sources:
Confused by WPF? Code Project was extremely useful. I could search the website for previous programs and was able to look at what others had done just by signing up and browsing. Part of programming is seeing what others have and developing it.
So you haven’t got any experience of c# programming… neither had I. I was very much comfortable with VB.NET and other’s but this website helped me figure out the basics of the language and I was able to get my head around a few things.
After going over it again and again and again I was able to eventually get something which looks quite interesting and fun. It is still in it’s early stages but if you look at the video above, you will be able to see me moving to Jessie J on the kinect with my program. haha.
Now unfortunately I have been having trouble zipping some of the files and attaching them, however…. if you download the game , you might have some luck, if you already have the SDK. – Please note – the last question is incorrect haha… but it still has some bugs in it.
VIDEO OF KINECT GAME RUNNING - Youtube Link
Click here to access my sky drive and download the zip file.
Will keep you up to date with more programs!