Jared St. Jean's blog
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Just dropping a good old fashion blog post today to let everyone know that my book "Kinect Hacks: Tips & Tools for Motion and Pattern Detection" is out today! It was a little over a year ago when two amazing (and gutsy!) editors from O'Reilly - Shawn Wallace & Brian Jepson - approached me with the opportunity of a lifetime. To be honest with you, it took quite a while for everything to sink in. For the longest time I thought it was joke. I mean seriously; me, write a book?
If anyone happens to follow this site on a regular bases, I apologize for not updating it so much as of late. I've been busy with the book along with rolling out this new online job application form for Kinect developers. If you register an account, you'll be able to post a job application if you just so happen to be looking for someone with some Kinect related experience to help you build that next great app!
One of the things I hope to accomplish with this site is to have a huge database full of glossary terms that are easily accessible to visitors when they're reading news articles or trying out some of the DIY guides. Thanks to the mind blowing, earth shattering awesomeness of Drupal and Views 3, I was able to find a handy little guide here that provided the steps I needed to get the job done.
Lately I've been checking out all the SDK's, Tool Kits, and wrappers along with their accompanying sample, demo and example files. It's a great feeling once you get that pluggin or add-on working and the code examples just pop up and spring into life. Normally I'm not one to "pose for the camera", but when you point a sexy little beast like the Kinect at me and I can manually rotate a 3D generated point cloud of myself in openFrameworks, you might just get me to say cheese :D
So today was the day. I broke down and picked up a dedicated Windows laptop. After abandoning all things WIndows about 3 years ago -- jamming Ubuntu for a year and a half and then my MacBook Pro until present -- I had two reasons which made me bite the proverbial bullet and make that sad stroll on over to FutureShop.
With all the commotion that's been happening lately, I almost forgot to wish my little techno wizard gadget pal a happy 1st birthday! I was actually celebrating an alive friend's 30th birthday so I hope you'll understand. Never the less, in honour of this monumental milestone, I thought I'd put together a little recap of how you came into this retrospectively archaic world of ours and changed the lives of so many people in the process. So, without further adue, lets dim the lights start the slideshow. Roll it!
After a lovely weekend visiting some great friends I don't get to see half as much as I'd like, I was able to piece together some handy sort/search functionality for the different sections of the site.
I've added a news category today. The idea will be to cover all things related to Kinect in terms of development or anything else that catches my eye. They'll appear on the front page in a blog role format but will also be accessible via the primary menu list if you want to check out a specific category. So far I've set up the following Kinect News Categories: