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Kinect API Beta

The beta API for the Kinect has been released, and can be used by C++ and C# applications. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but Michael has - the Youtube clip above is of his wireframe image in his first Kinect application. Apparently you don't actually need an XBox 360 to start programming a Kinect so I'll need to pick one up sometime.

Also quietly contemplating writing a wrapper for Monkey for the Kinect (as part of a library of XNA specific extentions), but that'll have to wait until after Overload is out of the way with.

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I have a great idea now.

 

Angry Birds, using Kinect.

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Heh, sounds brilliant. Kirsty bought an Angry Birds soft toy that she throws at me every so often, it'd be cool if there was a way she could use it in an actual game of Angry Birds.

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That might be a disaster waiting to happen..... Noting valuable in your house?

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The Angry Bird is a soft toy, I seriously doubt it's going to cause much property damage!

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No porcelain, or red buttons?

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Not rich enough for porcelain or enough of a risk taker to install a self destruct button!

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You can make a self destruction button for as little as $30 these days. http://www.mindkits.co.nz/store/arduino-compatible/arduino-pro-mini-328-3v3-8mhz :P

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Hmmm.. I wonder if they have any arduino projects at Tangleball, going there tomorrow for a game developer's workshop.

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Physical games? Isn't that a bit like making toys?

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Hah, I was actually sitting next to that at the workshop. Apparently it isn't quite ready yet. Notice the white joining bits? They were printed on a different 3D printer, chicken and egg situation no?

A friend mentioned the printer was either arduino or the next revision was.

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Cool. I _really_ want to make one of those myself. Although I suspect I will have difficulty sourcing the parts let alone finding a location to put it. (Then afterwards finding uses for it, but that can wait.)