"Kinect powers Motiv"
Wow, well this is impressive. I’m impressed to see how people outside Microsoft included Kinect to their own projects. This is kinda cool, innovative really, but this one specific link brings up anger in my angry angry self:
“Many digital music-making interfaces impair expressive control and deprive musicians of their innate ability to emote through performance. MOTIV gives back expressive control during the performance of a sequenced piece by using the musician’s gestures.”
NO. I mean stop the fuck right there. What do they fuckin mean, “musicians”? “Innate ability to emote through performance” SURE but fuckin music isn’t INNATE! God dammit, these people randomly move and it triggers pre-sets that were written by other people who probably know a bit about music, but there’s absolutely no “musicianship” in whoever’s moving in front of the screen. I already know people are blind enough to believe all the pop idols are actually artists although they don’t write shit and are backed up by auto-tune and a shit-load of post-recording modifications, but if people are fuckin DUMB enough to actually believe THEY are creative when the whole shenanigans are presented to their fuckin face, I think I’ll lose hope for humanity’s artistic sense as a whole.
Next thing you know, random idiots will release albums made with presets for kinect and will bury even deeper those who study, explore and really create what should be called music.
“Look, I move my arms around and a violin chord plays! I’m so creative!”
Yeah well that thing was programmed to play violin, you idiot; it doesn’t mean you’re a musician: we could preset a fart sound for waving your arms around.
TECH :: FUTURE IN GAME CONTROLLING
While reviewing some tech site, my attention was caught by a small news about a new kinect hack for the PC, where a programmer had been able to mix together the Wii controllers + Kinect + Call of Duty, and was able to bring a new gaming experience.
The video was a little deceptioned me, as I have been for a while thinking that Kinect could be used to reproduce a nice effect that I saw a couple of year ago implmented by a researcher Johny Lee that experimented with the Wii sensor and the Wii Controller as to implement several interesting features, the most amazing one, the head tracking VR, where he was able, by inverting the position of the Wiimote and the Wii sensor, to generate a 3D window effect, where depending on the movements of the player (tracked with the Wii Sensor) caused the 3D environment represented on the screen to change accordingly to the movment, generating the feeling of looking through a window.
The same effect can be generated now with the Kinect, where the Kinect sensor can detect the position of the player and redraw the scene as to reflect changes into the viewpoint generating the same effect than the one created by Johnny Lee.
Some games like Gran Turismo has tried to play with this effect, using the PS Eyetoy, but the Kinect is far more advanced than the simple Sony Webcam, and this means that the results can be impressive. The remains controls could then be done, through regular controllers, WIi or moves.
The future is here, and you have only to know where to look.
More information at http://www.game-developers.org
TECH :: REALTIME EFFECTS VIA KINECT
A very interesting video about the integration done between Kinect (hacked), a video projector and some imagination, and that could point us to a possible of the future.
In the video the researcher is able to use the kinect and the video cannon, to create in realtime a fireball interacting with all the elements in the scene. The effect is really interesting as you can see what are the possibilities of the techniques as to implement an enhanced augmented reality mechanism. With it, the player can really be at the center of the action and interact in realtime with elements being projected around him, creating the scenario around him.
There are still problems, mainly due to the some of the well-known lags associated with the kinect, and the complexity and size of the system, that is not trivial to setup. But there is a clear possibility that will certainly be copied and enhanced by other people in the weeks to come.
More information at http://www.game-developers.org
Microsoft sets up new subsidiary, would like to meet open source types
by Engadget -
It’s been a mixed bag when it comes to Microsoft and open source involvement, but Redmond’s now getting all enthused, setting up an Open Technologies subsidiary dedicated to making friends in open source circles. While of other parts of the Redmond behemoth will also continue to work on open source projects, this new team of up to 70 internally-recruited staff members will attempt to engage with open source communities “in a more clearly defined manner” across Microsoft’s legion of departments. If this possibly means more off-the-rails Kinect hacks in the future, bring it on.
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