Holograms With The New Kinect

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The Xbox One is out, along with a new Kinect sensor, and this time around Microsoft didn’t waste any time making this 3D vision sensor available for Windows. [programming4fun] got his hands on the new Kinect v2 sensor and started work on a capture system to import anything into a virtual environment.

We’ve seen [programming4fun]‘s work before with an extremely odd and original build that turns any display into a 3D display with the help of a Kinect v1 sensor. This time around, [programming] isn’t just using a Kinect to display a 3D object, he’s also using a Kinect to capture 3D data.

[programming] captured himself playing a few chords on a guitar with the new Kinect v2 sensor. This was saved to a custom file format that can be played back in the Unity engine. With the help of a Kinect v1, [programming4fun] can pan and tilt around this virtual model simply by moving his head.

If that’s not enough, [programming] has also included support for the Oculus Rift, turning the Unity-based virtual copy of himself into something he can interact with in a video game.

As far as we can tell, this is the first build on Hackaday using the new Kinect sensor. We asked what everyone was going to do with this new improved hardware, and from [programming]‘s demo, it seems like there’s still a lot of unexplored potential with the new Xbox One spybox.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQZQeCumzcA

Comments

  1. J says:

    So… where is the hologram?

  2. MrX says:

    When do people learn?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography

    There isn’t any type of wavefront reconstruction here, therefore it cannot be an hologram. So repeat after me:
    Next time I’ll read wikipedia’s page on holography before writting BS.
    Next time I’ll read wikipedia’s page on holography before writting BS.
    Next time I’ll read wikipedia’s page on holography before writting BS.
    Next time I’ll read wikipedia’s page on holography before writting BS.
    Next time I’ll read wikipedia’s page on holography before writting BS.
    Next time I’ll read wikipedia’s page on holography before writting BS.

  3. Miker says:

    Regardless of what it’s called. It’s a pretty cool concept. People should stop whinging like babies and do something constructive like make something cool.

    • vpoko says:

      It’s a very cool project and the creator deserves credit. I also hate whining about little details. But I agree with this one, HaD calling it a hologram is hard to ignore; it simply isn’t one. Imagine them posting a project showing a food replicator that just turns out to be an awesome, homemade microwave oven. The project would still be cool, but not what’s advertised.

      • MrX says:

        Not only that, calling “holograms” to everything that tricks your brain into perceiving pseudo-3D is an insult to the people (Denis Gabor et al.) who spent their lives working in developing an optical process that actually delivers the full wavefront into your retina.
        Holography is the scientific and well-established term for WAVEFRONT RECONSTRUCTION USING INTERFERENCE. I expect mainstream media to abuse the correct nomenclature but not HaD.

        @Miker If HaD was naming bluetooth devices as “Wi-Fi” I bet you would be complaining too.

  4. Olm-e says:

    It’s not kinect one, it’s kinect for windows V2 dev preview (read the comment on the YT page…)
    So no real hack here and an old concept I put in an installation in 2011 in a museum of sciences : http://www.ogeem.be/doku/doku.php?id=perma_cabane

    but hey there is an info : there is a “kinect for windows V2″ we can count on and hack latter :D

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