Sorry for the bad title but… everyone is going Kinect sensor crazy at the moment. Many blogs are featuring articles and showing new software linked to the Microsoft xBox sensor. I too have been experimenting and I wanted o mention two new softwares that I have been using.
1) Delicodes NI – Mate is an easy to use and very powerful OSC and MIDI sending motion tracking software. No terminal codes, SDKs, or xcode compiling needed. Plug in a Kinect camera and you are away. Also been working with Blender, Cinema 4D, Animata and of course Isadora.
See my older post about Ni-Mate here: [CLICK]
2) Kinectar is a relivly new app which also uses the Kinect camera.
Kinectar Performance Platform is a toolkit developed by music producer Chris Vik to allow the use of Microsoft’s Kinect motion tracking sensor in computer-based music. The software is designed for electronic musicians to expand the way they control their music in a futuristic and extremely expressive way, using only the waving of hands and a small amount of creativity. It can be used to control the simplest of parameters like a filter or LFO, play notes and chords on a sampler or synthesizer, or be programmed to control an entire live-set through nothing more than gesture.
This is a really well put together app and the video tutorials are detailed and easy to follow. I unfortunately missed the chance to download the beta but maybe Chris will let me have a play at some point as this would be great running next to Isadora.
The Kinect is being used for all sorts and its really exciting to see its development.
I will keep you posted with any new software I come across.