Windows 8 Police Car app; Kinect Virtual Reality Skyrim

| March 18, 2012 | 2 Replies


A couple of engadget posties: First up a Windows 8 app that controls a police car. The controls are either set up like a little control panel dashboard or you can activate by voice. It looks like a panel from Star Trek :S.

This might not be the first I’d be able to use on my Nokia W8 tablet but it’s an interesting project nonetheless.


Next up, Skyrim virtual Reality with Kinect and VR headset with stereoscopic 3D.  It’s an interesting take on bringing a fuller more immersive gaming experience in your lounge.  Props for the effort

Skyrim played through a simulated Virtual Reality environment using a head mounted display, head tracking, motion sensing and speech recognition.

I’ve also written up a walkthrough on how you can do it yourself too:

This is what was used for the demo:
– Skyrim – A first person action role-playing game for the PC.
– Sony HMZ-T1 – High definition head mounted display with Stereoscopic 3D.
– Microsoft Kinect – Track movement and gestures.
– TrackIR 5 – Head tracking.
– TrackClip Pro – Used with the TrackIR 5 for more accurate head tracking.
– Shoot – Speech recognition software.
– FAAST 0.9 – Software used to map Kinect gestures to the keyboard

I’ve setup the Sony HMZ-T1 head mounted display to use Stereoscopic 3D as well as attached the TrackClip Pro on it for head tracking. I had to place the TrackIR 5 on a wire hanging from the ceiling as it needed to be around head level to track my head movements properly.

The Kinect was setup on the PC using PrimeSense’s OpenNI drivers. I used FAAST 0.9 with a custom script to map certain gestures with the keyboard, such as walking on the spot to move in the game, leaning left, leaning right, jumping and moving my right arm forward to use the sword.

Shoot was used to map several speech commands with actions in the game as well, such as saying ‘Open Menu’ and ‘Close Menu’ to trigger the in-game menu, as well as using commands to navigate through the menu.

All the devices to do this cost less than $1,500, although it is still not smooth and responsive enough yet for a decent gaming session. Hopefully in the near future this concept of gaming will be more refined.


Source: Engadget (2)


Category: Windows

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