Kinect Image Viewer–Great for Geography!

Recently I had made an application for Alessio Bernardelli which allowed people to zoom in and out on galaxies, however I got thinking about the applicationimage in general. Could it be used for everyone if you could change the images in the folder. The answer is YES! I modified the application so that all you need to do is include 10 pictures in the Debug folder. I originally used this guy’s code and modified the speech recognition and changed it so you could pick the sounds you want. Have 10 pictures named “picture1.jpg”, “picture2.jpg” and away you go. People can now get students to use their hands to zoom in and out on different pictures. They can include their own pictures in the folder and then rename them to the correct pictures.

To use the application, run the skeletal viewer application in the debug folder. Once you are running the application, there are a number of phrases you can say to get it moving.

How to use!

Hold your hands up before you say the following:

Move: – Then you can move the picture anywhere on the screen.

Zoom: – Then move your hands together and apart to zoom in and out.

“Kinect1” – Say Kinect 1 to choose this picture. Say “Kinect2” to change to picture 2 and so on and so on.

Rotate: – Then you can turn your hands to rotate the image.


This could be really useful for for a number of subjects such as geography. You could get your students to come up and find the country from a world map. You could also get them to find the town you are looking for.

Science, you could get students to use a diagram and to zoom in on the part of the body you are looking for when doing anatomy.

Maths, you could put lots of answers on one picture and the students have to zoom into the correct answer to the formula.

The possibilities are endless, you can download the application source and runtime from the following link. Click here – You will need the Kinect Picture Viewer files for the application.

Watch the video above to see how it is used

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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3 Responses to Kinect Image Viewer–Great for Geography!

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  2. remcoploeg Ploeg says:

    Hi Ray,

    Great App! Did you port your application already to the SDK 1.5? Because I try to run this application with a Kinect for Windows, but no luck yet…



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