Cinder Kinect Proof of Concept

October 15, 2012

An experiment in using a person’s reflected silhouette to move back and forth through a filmstrip.

This was a quick demo to showcase a hardware configuration consisting of a monitor integrated with a small form factor pc and a 3d camera inside of a mirror enclosure. I used the opportunity to spend some time with the Cinder framework. The idea was to create a posterized animated filmstrip of a movie file across the screen and then use a person’s silhouette to control the offset of the frames in the filmstrip. I used the person tracking functionality of OpenNI/NITE to detect when a user is in front of the mirror and then used their depth data to offset the video frames. The result is that the user can scroll back and forth through the video clip by moving their hands and body towards or away from the mirror.

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