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Trial of "touchless" gaming technology in surgery. 31 May 2012Last updated at 02:39 ET By Adam Brimelow Health Correspondent, BBC News The technology could be a valuable aid to sugery Doctors in London are trialling "touchless" technology, often used in TV games, to help them carry out delicate keyhole surgery. The system allows them to manipulate images with their voice and hand-gestures rather than using a keyboard and mouse. Surgeons say it gives them more control and avoids disruption. Independent experts say this approach could become the norm over the next ten or 15 years. Surgeons are increasingly reliant on 3D images to carry out complex and delicate procedures. Accessing the information they want is not straightforward.

Relying on colleagues to get the right image can be time-consuming and disruptive. Manipulate images Surgeons at St Thomas' hospital in London are trialling gesture-based gaming technology to access and manipulate images. The system will be familiar to anyone who has used Kinect interactive games at home. "Easy to use" Aging In Place Center Uses Xbox Technology To Keep Seniors Safe. Vernon and Jeanne Barr, ages 96 and 89 respectively, are guinea pigs of sorts. They are part of a scientific experiment that uses video gaming technology -- the same technology used in Xbox game system to be exact -- to detect the onset of illness and protect seniors against falls.

The couple has lived in the TigerPlace Aging-in-Place residences in Columbia, Missouri for the past five years. Their one-bedroom apartment has a kitchen and a porch where Vernon likes to putter around with his plants. It is also outfitted with motion detection sensors over each doorway, high-tech sensors embedded in their mattress and a Microsoft Kinect box mounted on the ceiling to detect falls. For example the motion detectors can report if Vernon or Jeanne are getting up to use the bathroom an excessive number of times each night; if that happens, a nurse is sent in to evaluate for a urinary problem.

As for Jeanne Barr, she says she is seldom aware of the sensors and really doesn't much think about them. Object Tracking | Kinect-based system watches where you put things in your home. New Stroke Recovery Technology Incorporates Use Of Xbox Kinect. 'Minority Report' technology steps closer to reality with Leap Motion - Tech News. Got an Kinect App? Need a web site? Here's a template for you... | Coding4Fun Kinect Projects. So you've been working on your Kinect app or project, banging away night and day in Visual Studio and you're ready to show it off to the world.

But now you need a web site too. It sure would be nice if there were some kind of Kinect App Web Site template available... The Single-Page Kinect App Site template is an easily configured, simple template with all the elements in place, intended as a quick-start for any Kinect developer to promote their app.View the default site here: Kinect App Site DemoIdea for this project came when I want to publish some Kinect app of mine. Recently have seen and I decided to make something similar but for Kinect enabled applications.The HTML is fully commented to make setup and customization as quick and easy as possible.The site uses: Project Information URL: Project Download URL: Contact Information:

Small USB dongle for your Mac makes Microsoft’s Kinect look like a drunk, stumbling uncle (with video) Apr 11, 2014 - 05:15 PM EDT — AAPL: 519.61 (-3.87, -0.74%) | NASDAQ: 3999.734 (-54.372, -1.34%) “Imagine that you could buy a tiny USB-powered box that detected your motion like Microsoft’s Kinect, only instead of watching you jump around a room, it watched your hands and fingers. Imagine that the box was sensitive enough to track the tip of a pencil tracing out letters in a 1cm square of space, and to turn that into accurate handwriting on the screen,” Charlie Sorrel reports for Cult of Mac. “Amazingly, that box is available for preorder right now. It’s called the Leap, and it works with your Mac,” Sorrel reports.

Read more in the full article here. [Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dominic P. " for the heads up.] Blogs. I am pleased to announce that today we have released version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows runtime and SDK. Additionally, Kinect for Windows hardware is now available in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. Starting next month, Kinect for Windows hardware will be available in 15 additional countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. When this wave of expansion is complete, Kinect for Windows will be available in 31 countries around the world. Go to our Kinect for Windows website to find a reseller in your region. We have added more capabilities to help developers build amazing applications, including: Kinect Studio, our new tool which allows developers to record and play back Kinect data, dramatically shortening and simplifying the development lifecycle of a Kinect application.

Seated Skeletal Tracking is now available. Kinect-powered augmented reality sandbox is better than what you grew up with. One of the well known traits of geeks the world over is the fact that most all of us have an inner-child that comes out when we see something incredibly cool. A perfect example of something falls into that category is a Kinect-powered augmented reality sandbox. Created by a research team at UC Davis, the AR sandbox projects a topographical map, complete with moving water, on top of the hills and valleys you create. Led by Peter Gold, the AR sandbox project was started with the goal of creating an interactive display for science museums to help teach patrons about freshwater and the watershed in relation to topography.

Funded by the NSF, the AR sandbox when finished is going to be an open-source project that you can build yourself at home! All that you will need is a digital projector, Microsoft’s Kinect device, and a computer to run the software necessary for generating the real-time maps. The setup for the sandbox is deceptively simple. Read more at the projects homepage at UC Davis.

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'Telepod' is a fully-3D virtual person projection system. The reason 3D sucks is that it's usually not 3D. It's 2D, plus a token smidge of depth. True 3D is something that you can walk entirely around and seamlessly view from all sides, which is what you'll find in this life-sized telepod that can project an entire person straight into your living room. Developed by a group of hard-working Canadians at the Human Media Lab at Queen's University in, you know, Canada, the telepod is a cylindrical display system capable of projecting an entire person inside itself in three glorious dimensions.

This means that you can walk around the outside of the telepod, and it'll seem like you're walking around a person inside it at the same time. Watch: The clever amongst you are probably going "hey, but how can I see someone's back with just those six Kinect sensors up there! " Having said that, it is pretty cool that you can walk completely around the person that you're talking to, just like they're standing right there, albeit inside a tube. Microsoft Applies for Patent on Augmented Reality, 3-D Audio | Gadget Lab. Microsoft's 3D audio patent application could add new features to the Kinect.

Photo: USPTO Surround-sound systems are great for playing games and watching movies when you’re in the “sweet spot” of focused audio. When you’re sitting off-center, however, the audio sounds less like all-enveloping 3-D surround sound, and more like a garbled aural mess. But now it looks like Microsoft may have a solution. In a recently published patent application, the company describes technology that could solve the “outside the sweet spot” conundrum, providing listeners with a polished 3-D audio experience no matter where they’re sitting, or even standing. Published Thursday, Microsoft’s patent application describes augmented-reality technology that tracks a user with a “depth camera system” and delivers content-accurate, 3-D audio to the listener, regardless of his or her position in a room. This is particularly relevant for Xbox Kinect games, which entail a lot of movement among players. Arduino. Adafruit Industries.

Welcome | Modern Device. Martijn Thé – iPhone & iPad Development & Interaction Design » Interfacing an optical mouse sensor to your Arduino. In this tutorial I’ll describe how you can connect the optical sensor inside a cheap mouse to your Arduino and have it read out the x- and y-movements. This will enable your Arduino to handle mouse input, detect surface movements, measure surface speed, etc. Materials This is what you need: Arduino board (any *duino will do) and the Arduino IDE.Optical mouse containing the PAN3101, ADNS-2610, ADNS-2083 or ADNS-2051 optical sensor. Step 1 – Open up your mouse! The optical sensor and LED were covered with the black protective cap. Step 2 –Take a look at the datasheets Check out the datasheet of the sensor you’re dealing with (Google).We only need to connect 4 pins of the sensor to the Arduino, of which two are used for data and two for the power supply.

Step 3 – Cutting the controller wires (optional) To make sure the mouse’s own controller does not interfere with the Arduino, I had cut the SDIO and SCLK wires running to the chip in the mouse. Step 4 – Connecting wires Step 5 – Example sketch. Products. The Kinect Accelerator. Want to know more what the Microsoft accelerator is like? Check out the journey from the Kinect class Freak'n Genius CEO, Kyle Kesterson, and CTO, Dwayne Mercredi, describe how their YAKiT application uses Kinect for Windows skeletal tracking to create fun animations in real time. With Kinect for Windows, a limited webcam app becomes a premium avateering solution with the ability to animate a character with fully articulated joints and limbs.

Their application is currently used in classrooms, nutrition education, playing, and storytelling. Ravi Komatireddy, co-founder and chief medical officer at Reflexion Health (in San Diego), explains how Reflexion Health's solution uses Kinect for Windows to transform physical therapy. Developers are excited to bring their apps to the Windows Store for the first time this summer following the release of Kinect for Windows v2, with its improved precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities. The Kinect Accelerator is complete: Kinect Fundamentals Tutorial Series updated for v1 | Coding4Fun Kinect Projects. KinectEDucation Community.

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Motion Database HDM05. It is the objective of our motion capture database HDM05 to supply free motion capture data for research purposes. HDM05 contains more than three hours of systematically recorded and well-documented motion capture data in the C3D as well as in the ASF/AMC data format. Furthermore, HDM05 contains for more than 70 motion classes in 10 to 50 realizations executed by various actors. The HDM05 database has been designed and set up under the direction of Meinard MüllerTido Röder, Michael Clausen, Bernhard Eberhardt, Björn Krüger, and Andreas Weber. The motion capturing has been conducted in the year 2005 at the Hochschule der Medien (HDM), Stuttgart, Germany, supervised by Bernhard Eberhardt. M. If you publish results obtained using this data, please cite our Technical Report and add this text to your acknowledgments section: The data used in this project was obtained from HDM05.

We provide a parser that can be used to import the HDM05 C3D and ASF/AMC files into Matlab. Using Relays with Arduino – Turning on the Lights. Warning!!! This project deals with AC electricity which is dangerous if you don’t know how to treat it safely. You must treat electricity with caution. There are many books and websites about electrical safety procedures and if you’re not sure how to be safe you should read that information. The most basic advice I can give is always assume any exposed wires are live and touching them will hurt a lot at best and kill at worst. Microcontrollers are good at controlling small devices, but frequently we DIY-ers want to use them to control things that aren’t so micro. The first thing you need is a cheap extension core that you are willing to cut in half. I spliced the relay into the black wire on my power cord.

The last step and the one that makes this project useful is getting the microcontroller to control this relay. In this circuit the transistor acts as a switch and it allows you to turn on the relay. Credits. All About Kinect. The Kinect is currently the hardware that provides developers with the greatest opportunities for innovative programs - both games and "serious" artificial applications.

How does it work? How do you use it? What can you use it for? Microsoft's Kinect is described as a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" and is commonly sold bundled with the Xbox 360 - but to see it as just another way to play games is to underestimate its significance. In this article we look at how it works, why it is special and what people are doing with it. Microsoft acquired the 3D sensing technology that is the key to the Kinect hardware from Israeli company PrimeSense.

Essentially this hardware is a box with some cameras that makes use of infra-red (IR) illumination to obtain depth data, color images and sound. A custom chip processes the data to provide a depth field that is correlated with the color image. The PrimeSense reference implementation The depth map Why depth? FAAST Video Gallery. World of Warcraft (proof-of-concept) Controlling Virtual Humans and Video Games Astrojumper Exercise Game Virtual Rehabilitation Introduction Upper Extremity Virtual Rehabilitation User in Wheelchair Comments on Motor Rehab.

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