It's been a while since I've come across any cool FAAST related gesture controlled PC games in action. This latest video demonstration incorporates VAC, FAAST, a Kinect sensor along with the game that has currently sucked 60 hours of my life away from me (well worth it though!) Bethesda's Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
One of the original founders of the OpenKinect community, Joshua Blake, has been hard at work, toiling in his secret gesture recognition laboratory hidden somewhere deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Now I'm not sure about the validity of that previous statement, but that's how I envision where really smart people go to do their best work. Anyway, I popped by the OpenKinect Google Groups page and noticed that Mr. Blake posted something very interesting the other week.
Our dev bundle installs the latest versions of OpenNI, a general-purpose framework for obtaining data from 3D sensors, NITE, a skeleton-tracking and gesture-recognition library, and the SensorKinect driver for interfacing with the Microsoft Kinect. It then configures them all to play nicely with each other, no command-line wizardry required!
This handy little package will allow you to easily install the OpenNI and drivers and Brekel Motion Capture software in one clean, easy swoop. I've also included the Motion Builder plugin and the stand alone version of Brekel Kinect.
For more check out the download section at brekel.com/?page_id=160
The good folks at Evoluce have released their own noncommercial NUI applications for use with Windows 7. The program sports easy to use and intuitive applications dealing exhibitions, education, digital signage and healthcare. The Evoluce SDK for Kinect is only available for Windows 7 but it comes with all the necessary drivers, an NUI API, documents and other resource materials. Evoluce uses the OpenNI framework with NITE. Developers can create their own noncommercial applications using C++ and C# using Visual Studio 10.
This is the perfect solution for those of you that just want to get up and running without all the headaches of downloading each framework and driver library individually. The idea is to create a package bundle that installs OpenNI, PrimeSense NITE and Avin2's SensorKinect so you can start using your Kinect on your PC with the click of a button.