Synapse for Kinect

Stretchy Lines With Quartz Composer and TUIO

Stretchy Lines With QuartzComposer and TUIO

I really dig the end result of this hack. Using Quartz Composer and TUIO, this project dubbed "Stretchy Lines" has came to life thanks to that handy depth sensing wonder toy Kinect. The setup includes a Kinect perpendicular to the table. The TUIO Server detects objects within a specific range, and then a calibrated projector draws random lines around the objects detected.

TUIO sends objects coords using OSC protocol to Quartz Composer, and then the graphic is rendered using custom Quartz Composer patches.

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Quartz Composer, Ableton Live and Synapse Kinect Controlling 3D Geometry and Sound

Quartz Composer, Ableton Live and Synapse Kinect Controlling 3D Geometry and Sou

In this great demonstration of using a Kinect enabled digital synthesizer, the folks at 1000 errors used a wide assortment of applications to build this very cool hack. The digital pot-o-gumbo consists of several applications being used in tandem such as Synapse Kinect, Maxxforlive, Ableton Live, VDMX and Quartz Composer

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Kinect BeatWheel Max Patch

Uses Kinect to control which beat is playing in a looping sample. A sample is chopped up into eighth note slices (or any increment) and arranged like a clock face around you. The currently playing slice is controlled by your left hand's position in space. This allows you to remix a loop by waving your hand around. The red dot indicates your hand's position, the green bar indicates the currently playing slice, and the blue bar moves at the tempo of the song to serve as a guide.

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Kinect BeatWheel

Kinect BeatWheel

Ryan Challinor, creator of Synapse for Kinect, has developed another great little side project in his free time. This time around he's created a Kinect controlled BeatWheel that controls a looping sample by using gestures to play the track normally or in reverse. You'll need to download the Max patch and the Synapse for Kinect application for Mac in order to try it out for your self.

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Kinect Guide to Using Synapse with Quartz Composer

Ryan Challinor wrote an incredibly useful tool for speeding up the set up process involved with using your Kinect sensor with Apple's free visual programming tool Quartz Composer. I was able to easily set up a quick demo where A particle system with a halo effect would follow my left hand along the X and Y axis. Incredibly easy to set up with a very rewarding end result.

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Synapse for Kinect

Synapse is an app for Mac and Windows that allows you to easily use your Kinect to control Ableton Live, Quartz Composer, Max/MSP/Jitter, and any other application that can receive OSC events. It sends joint positions and hit events via OSC, and also sends the depth image into Quartz Composer. In a way, this allows you to use your whole body as an instrument.

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