Easiest Way to Install OpenNI, NITE and SensorKinect for Windows 7

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Its been a while since I had to do this. I was re-familiarizing myself with the installation process and had a bitch of a time getting the 64 bit binaries to work with SensorKinect. I eventually got it all working so I thought I'd create this short and sweet guide to get your Kinect up and running using OpenNI and PrimeSense.

The good folks at OpenNI where kind enough to make available a package installer which installs OpenNI, NITE and the PrimeSense Sensor Module. I thought for sure this method wasn't going to work seeing as how SensorKinect is supposed to take the place of the PrimeSense module in terms of what drivers to use. Thankfully it did and I was able to easily run both OpenNI and NITE samples. Here are the steps I took.

  1. Download the OpenNI package from http://openni.org/Downloads/OpenNIModules.aspx
    • Select OpenNI Package from the first drop down menu
    • Choose the Stable Release from the second drop down menu
    • Select the Development Edition for whatever Windows system you are currently running - 32 or 64 bit
  2. Install the package. I wasn't prompted for the PrimeSense License Key but if for whatever reason you need it - 0KOIk2JeIBYClPWVnMoRKn5cdY4=
  3. Download Avin2's SensorKinect module from https://github.com/avin2/SensorKinect
  4. Extract the contents and run the installer located in the Bin folder.
  5. If you want to check out some of the demo's, you'll need to copy/paste the sample-*.xml files from /Program Files -> PrimeSense -> NITE -> Data/ to /Program Files -> PrimeSense -> Sensor -> Data/

You'll need to restart your computer at this point. Once you're back up and running, connect your kinect to your PC over USB while it's plugged into a power source and you should see a pop-up notifying you that the drivers were successfully installed. You should be able to launch samples straight from the Start Menu and you could always use your terminal command prompt.

Hope this helps! Any questions, drop em' in the comments section!

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