April 25, 2014

Unity3D And Microsoft Kinect? Hell Yeah!

It all started with an email that I – naturally – ignored from my CEO, saying he was fiddling with unofficial MacOS X drivers for the Kinect ’cause he saw some post around and he was all hyped up.

Of course after a few minutes there was some photo on his Facebook page about him going to buy a Kinect (before even having the drivers up and running, I add).

I didn’t give much importance to it until I came to work the next day to find our CTO dancing and jumping like he was on drugs.

Seeing a Kinect pointed directly to him made me realize he hadn’t just lost his mind.

So where’s Unity3D in all this?

Take a look at the video and tell me what do you think:

Of course the drivers-fiddling doesn’t make it a mainstream solution, but there are many uses for something like this, from motion capture to museums/installations/public exhibitions and whatnot. And drivers are getting better and better, and let’s not forget, it’s all completely legal (hey I wouldn’t be posting this otherwise).

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Comments

  1. Guys this is totally awesome, would love to know more about what you’ve done to achieve this! thanks for all this inspirational work :)
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    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      Francesco wrote something about it in a comment below, but we’ll probably write a more technical post later on, for now we’re gonna study it a bit more

  2. Hi Gabriele,

    I just can’t live without modern technology, I love the kinect. Can’t wait to play something through kinect. It’s way too awesome, and the video totally rocks. Thanks for sharing this great article and awesome video!

    Best regards,

    Maria
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  3. Amir says:

    Very Fun :) The post he was all hyped about was probably mine. The Unity wrapper code for OpenNI / Kinect, some videos and some example projects are available on my blog and git:

    http://blog.tinkerheavy.com
    https://github.com/tinkerer/UnityWrapper
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  4. Ali Mujtaba says:

    I think a kinect MMORPG based game will be pretty interesting and probably a big hit.
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    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      I am not really sure about that, MMO players like to play’n'relax, opposed to run, move etc
      I saw the video of Kinect used to control a Warcraft character, it was cool as a proof of concept but nothing I could see myself using in the long run

  5. Hey Gabriele,

    That is some pretty cool stuff in the video. I think there are many different things you can do with the Kinect that most people just don’t know yet. I haven’t played any games using the Kinect yet, but after watching your boss in this video I think it will be fun to see all the different things I can do with it. Thanks for sharing as always Gabriele.
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    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      Yes we are already thinking about some practical uses for it, with Unity environments backing it up of course, I am glad you liked it.
      By the way, that one in the video wasn’t my CEO but my CTO, Francesco Gallorini, it wasn’t much clear from my post, sorry about that

  6. felipe says:

    hi, i want to know what price is the application that http://player.vimeo.com/video/19299107 samples and if you can do something for us and seemed to opensim and second life

  7. Adrienne says:

    Hey Gabriele,

    Wow, that’s so cool. I’m totally ignorant when it comes to that type of technology but I can still admire those who know how to use it. I’m really impressed and found your video just down right neat.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Adrienne
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    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      Thank you Adrienne, believe me it was also fun to experiment with it, I can say we’ve been doing progresses – even though this is for now just a side-project – and we’ll be releasing a new video soon, thanks for your support!

  8. nazimwarriach@YouLove Coupons
    Twitter: PakistanHotline
    says:

    Its fun for me to watch a video in which your CTO is dancing. The video stuff is pretty cool. I think there are many different things can be done with the Microsoft Kinect.
    Nice to read about this latest technology? I will definitely try it with my computer.
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    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      During the week we’ve been testing out new things, even if we didn’t have time to actually shoot a video as well. But we’ll do it soon, just stay tuned, I’m planning to release something next week.

  9. Charles Baratta
    Twitter: huntingtonlive
    says:

    This is simply Cool. The synchronization is also perfect.
    I want to know more about this stuff.. or more like how to work with it.

    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      I am sure that once we have it more under control we’ll be showing examples of practical uses, for now I think we’re gonna release a new video this week, if we manage to find the time, sadly it’s not experiments’n'fun all the time hehe

  10. marc
    Twitter: kinect_hacks
    says:

    Great hack i can see a bright future for this kind of usage, you should consider visiting kinect hacks to see more awesome projects, some are great.
    btw nice explosion :)

  11. marc
    Twitter: kinect_hacks
    says:

    Is it just me or … lol i cant see any of my posts…….

  12. Modern technology makes 3d modelling so real and actually on-line one. Love it! And your CTO is a truly artistic guy!

  13. Saif
    Twitter: stereografix
    says:

    Awesome work with the Unity Integration – Is there a chance to collaborate? My company specialises in stereoscopic 3D and I am working on building some demos using Unity with a lenticular 9-view auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D TV. If you are interested drop me an email!

    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      I will show your comment and website to my tech team Saif, and will be in touch with you in any case in the coming week. Thanks for your comment and glad you liked out experiment.

  14. hanen says:

    hello,
    i am starter for using kinect , my problem is that the kinect show only the highest aprt of body the movement of waist is fixed can you help me
    thanks

    • Gabriele Maidecchi Gabriele Maidecchi
      Twitter: maidoesimple
      says:

      I believe you just stand too close to it. Take some steps behind and it’ll recognize legs as well. It’s a problem we had too ’cause our desks were too close to each other.

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