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HACKINECT: Nancy’s Graduation Show

Nancy Graduated, we spent days setting up her show. We had a demo of our Kinect project showing but of course it was not full functional, so we decided to show a mock video of how a viewer would interact with the interface. I had memorized the movements and was demonstrating the project, it fooled a few people. My show is this term, I hope it’s just as good.



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HACKINECT: Process

So I’ve been gathering files and images for a process book for our project to show at Nancy‘s grad show, which you should all come down to if you’re in the Pasadena, CA area. It is on Saturday the 18th starts at 7pm (Art Center website).

When I was gathering the files I thought it was interesting to see how many types of coding languages we had to go through. It’s also kind of fun to see all of the languages and their logos next to each other. Currently we are using the library Unity as suggested by the good folks at JPL during our meeting. More to come.

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HACKINECT: Into Space

Nancy and I had a meeting / presentation at JPL on Monday with Dan Goods. AMAZING connection thanks to my two chairs from school Steve Kim and Nik Hafermaas. We presenting our project and concept for the Kinect project to a few teams there. Can’t really say much for fear of the government hunting me down for leaking top secret information about the space program (just kidding?). The meeting went great and we might be partnering up if all goes well. We also had a setback, apparently our first Kinect was a LEMON. That’s why some of our demos would not work, the place we bought it from is a horrible company (gamestop) and is not cooperating with a refund so we bought another one in the mean time.

Anyways this meeting was significant in another way, see Nik knows Dan because they collaborate on many cool projects. One project in particular was called eCloud.

The eCLOUD is a dynamic sculpture inspired by the volume and behavior of an idealized cloud. Made from unique polycarbonate tiles that can fade between transparent and opaque states, its patterns are transformed periodically by real time weather from around the world.

However Nik and Dan also had a third amazing partner, the one and only talented Aaron Koblin. Besides creating amazing projects such as the premier HTML5 example going around the web of the interactive Arcade Fire music video, Aaron also works for (drumroll) GOOGLE. I hope to someday be able to make that connection and pick his brain, there is just so much I want to know and learn.

Thanks for the support everyone things are slowly coming together.

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HACKINECT: The Office

Yes that really is our tiny little office some of you have been asking about. It’s at Art Center’s south campus. Nancy calls is our cloffice (closet + office). It literally is a closet with two tables, some lights, 3 chairs and some outlets. So now you know, have a nice day.

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HACKINECT: TuioKinect

So Nancy and I have been having mini victories with our Kinect project. We’ve recently adopted the the TuioKinect based on the multi-touch library TUIO.

TuioKinect tracks simple hand gestures using the Kinect controller and sends control data based on the TUIO protocol. This allows the rapid creation of gesture enabled applications with any platform or environment that supports TUIO. This is a preliminary proof of concept implementation, which still needs several improvements to become fully usable. Nevertheless it should work out of the box with most TUIO client applications

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Hello JPL and Nasa

Still very hush, but Nancy and I have a meeting and presentation with JPL / Nasa on Monday! Cannot wait to see all the exciting things they have going on there. More on this later.

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HACKINECT: New Updates

So nancy and I have been working really hard on our secret Kinect project. We have hoped there would be better source code to port flash files to the Kinect. However the development on that does not agree with our deadline of Dec 15th. So we have went back to C++ and Openframeworks and have joined the Openframeworks forum. It is really exciting to see developers work together to accomplish little projects. We hope to pick up a thing or two from everyone, usually the users on the forum eagerly share new breakthrough in code with everyone.

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HACKINECT: Hacking at a new toy.

microsoft kinect

Guess what my friend Nancy and I are doing these next few weeks. Exactly what every geek around the world has been doing since November 4th, hacking away at our new toy getting it to do more then Microsoft expected. We are applying it to our top secret independent study project which you will hear more about around mid December. Matt Cutt’s of Google even posted a contest about this. Come back for more updates. :]

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