Classroom Control Through the Kinect

In this previous post I mentioned that we at TEL in Durham had been running some studies using the Kinect with SynergyNet.  Though data analysis is still being carried out on the results I’ve decided to provide some details on the system, its working and its capabilities, in addition to some of the initial findings.

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TUIO to UTouch

Using several python packages I’ve been able to bridge from TUIO to UTouch; the touch framework becoming more common amongst linux-based systems.  UTouch enables apps built using it to utilise multi-touch gestures and simple cursor control in most linux systems.

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SynergyNet and Kinect – Classroom Data Collection

As mentioned in the recent post about using the Kinect with TUIO, I’ve been working with the Microsoft device to create a method of classroom orchestration for teachers.  With the Kinect now playing nice with our multi-touch framework we’ve let a number of teachers loose trying it out.  Some images of the work so far can be seen on the SynergyNet blog.

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Kinect and TUIO

We’ve recently been working on utilising the Microsoft Kinect with the SynergyNet project at TEL in Durham.  I’m currently working on several publications concerning this work which I will post updates about when they’re finished.  In the meantime I thought I would post a small application I wrote when I was getting to grips with the Kinect.

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