Kinect + Kodu–Engaging Games!

So after playing around with some amazing applications the past week, I stumbled across a simple application which allowed you to move back and forward through slides on a PowerPoint. This is great for presentations and It allows people to be more interactive presentations.

I then got thinking… What if… What if I could harness the gesture to go left and right through the PowerPoint and use it with Kodu!

Initially, it seemed like a great idea, however It wasn’t that simple! IKoduCommunity had a lot of issues with code. Apparently the same code used in this application would not cross over onto Kodu and I would end up having a static robot which would not go anywhere Sad smile. Eventually I found a solution which involved emulating keyboard codes in windows such as “0x25” meaning go left. I’m not going to bore you with the coding side of things though!

Eventually! I have managed to come up with something which will move the characters up, down, left and right. The only thing you need to do with your character, is make sure that it is assigned the keyboard controls for up, down, left and right. The program replicates these.

The project is in EARLY stages and the functionality which I am looking to add to it include:

  • Voice controlled shooting
  • Speed control
  • Customisable keys

If you would like to view a video of what I have running at the moment, please have a look at the YouTube clip below. Unfortunately… there isn’t source available at the moment, but please revisit the blog soon for an update of what is to come and possibly some source to go with it!

Kinect and Kodu
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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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