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And it begins.. Kinect for Windows Media Center

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs' started by mattCR, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. mattCR

    mattCR Well-Known Member
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    http://www.themediacenterproject.com/KinectForMediaCenter




    Does not currently support the XBOX Kinect, just the Windows Kinect device, though someone will change that I'm sure... but a great start.
     
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    Some day kids are going to look at remote controls the way today's kids look at rotary telephones.
     
  3. mattCR

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    Yep. I'm going to set this up over the weekend and see how it goes.
     
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    Matt - hope you got to play with this over the weekend - looking forward to your report!!
     
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    I did. First, let me say it doesn't work with the XBOX Kinect, you have to get the PC (or I had the developer one, available in the Windows store)


    The functionality is frankly far better then I thought. There are some glitches, but it's early. Still, I was able to easily change change titles, start and stop films, manage media browser. No matter what I did though, I was unable to get much functionality in the Netflix app.. I'm unsure of that. But this seems like an early start. Still, I have to tell you the method by which it worked was surprisingly effective. I will have a further review later, after a new version is published, with some pics and details ;)
     
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    Cool
     
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    Here is an alternate Kinect for Media Center app. Importantly , it doesn't try to do stuff just cos it's cool. It's designed to make things easier, not harder, so no having to stand up waving your arms. Most things like scrolling a bit left or right are best done with a remote. But for a small proportion of things , voice control comes into it's own. such as selecting music, you can just jump right to it, whereas a remote can take a bunch of button presses etc.. here's a demo vid of what it does it uses haarcascades technology , so you can use two postures, (while sitting) to control when the Kinect is listening for commands. more on the tech here http://www.amuletdevices.com/blog/index.php/amulet-voice-kinect-%E2%80%93-part-1-using-haarclassifiers-so-you-can-sit-down.html you can get the free download here http://www.amuletdevices.com/index.php/Features/kinect.html you can use it with an Xbox Kinect as it's non-commercial Steve.
     

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