Kinect and World Wide Telescope

After working through the Kinect Kodu program I have been making I was reading through a blog posted by Dan Roberts and he posted this video on how the Kinect can be used with the World Wide Telescope. Click here to see the amazing video of it being implemented.

worldwideThis inspired me to try and change the existing programs I’ve been making. I decided to change the controls so that they would go up and down with gestures but I also added in voice control. At the moment, you can see to the program “Zoom In” and it moves slightly closer to earth. If you want to zoom out, you simply tell the program to do so. “Zoom Out”.

Like with the Kodu project I’m working on, It is in early stages. I’m hoping to release a full package in the new year which allows you to change between whether you’re using the Kodu, Bing or Telescope App. The world wide telescope works similarly with Bing maps, however it is a little more sensitive at the moment and needs some bugs ironed out of it.

Now unfortunately, I haven’t quite mastered how to change planets yet but I’m looking into this so that the program can be more functional for all. You still need to select the planet you chose from the list at the bottom of the program.

Hopefully this will be really useful for existing science teachers whenever I can get the full version out to everyone.

Check out the video below to see what I’ve built.

Kinect and World Wide Telescope Application

Unfortunately, the source is not available yet as it is a little unstable, but please stay tuned for the new year!!

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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