Use Kinect with Bing Maps or Microsoft World Wide Telescope

So I’ve been blogging lately about how you can create some simple applications to use in your class rooms. I have shown you how you can use speech recognition and how you can use a skeleton to do a hover button quiz…. But what if you didn’t have to make any of these applications.

I had thought about Geographers and Scientists who are constantly using things like Bing Maps and Microsoft World Wide Telescope in their lessons. What if there was a way of engaging students and getting them to come up and and use the Kinect to navigate an area.

Well there is! I had been browsing the internet looking for ways of putting the mouse course in my Kinect applications when I discovered Kinect Mouse Cursor. This is a simple program you can download and use as a mouse.

Unfortunately their aren’t any instructions but it doesn’t take long to figure out. You can either tick the box if you’re left handed or just leave it un-ticked for your right hand. To move the mouse cursor, you simply use your hand. If you want to click, the program recognises your other hand. You just lift it up and it detects it as a click. BRILLIANT! It is a brilliant tool and you can see a clip of me using it with Bing maps.

If you would like a link to the source code, so that you can edit it and play around with it, just follow the link here. – Apologies for the jerky sound on the video, my laptop was a bit low on resources at the time with it recording and using the cursor etc..

Using the Kinect with Bing Maps.

About Raymond David James Chambers

I am the Lead teacher of computing at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby Northamptonshire. Previously I was the head of IT/Computing at Uppingham Community College. In 2015 I won the Gold National Teaching award for Innovative use of technology. I also won the 2015 Young Game Bafta - Mentor award. I'm keen to help students achieve their best and like to give them opportunities to do this. I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy meeting other people and sharing their ideas. I have a keen interest in games development as well as developing the use of ICT in classrooms across the curriculum. In my spare time I teach Irish dancing. I have been Irish dancing since I was 11. My highest position was 14th at the world championships 3 years running and 2nd at the Great Britain Championships in 2006.
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