Humanoid Teleoperation - Kinect Hacks

I dont think I want to be in an hospital with Humanoids yet. But the future is coming.

Take this robots being remote operated by a human via a kinect:

Augmented Reality Sandbox with Real-Time Water Flow Simulation

Amazing Augmented Reality Sandbox which uses an Xbox Kinect, Linux Box, projector, and white sand.

See sanystation:
The SandyStation delivers whole new experience with sandbox and pushes creativity and fun behind the line. Digital projection and 3D vision makes possible to build beautiful and colorful landscapes looking like a living land. A number of games and applications give you a wide range of fun like building rivers, mountains or volcanoes spewing lava. And this is just the beginning…

Making Film and Art with the Xbox Kinect - An Exist Elsewhere Behind the Scenes Featurette

See how we used the Xbox Kinect, projectors, and other technology to make the music video for Exist Elsewhere's song 'Tokyo.' Also, see how the Kinect and other technology is paving new ways in interactive art and film.

Virtual Firewall with kinect and a projector

I am a big fan of all thing gesture (kinect) and augmented reality. So this "firewall" on aaron-sherwood's site is something I digg

The original concept stems from a performance piece I’m currently developing as Purring Tiger (with Kiori Kawai) titled Mizalu, which will premiere in June 2013. During one scene in the performance dancers will press into the spandex with the audience facing the opposite side. Mizalu is about death and experience of reality, so this membrane represents a plane that you can experience but never get through. As hard as you try to understand what’s in between life and death, you can never fully know.

And a bit more howto

The piece was made using Processing, Max/MSP, Arduino and a Kinect. The Kinect measures the average depth of the spandex from the frame it is mounted on. If the spandex is not being pressed into nothing happens. When someone presses into it the visuals react around where the person presses, and the music is triggered. An algorithm created with Max allows the music to speed up and slow down and get louder and softer, based on the depth. This provides a very expressive musical playing experience, even for people who have never played music before. A switch is built into the frame which toggles between two modes. The second mode is a little more aggressive than the first.

Need some nerd time!

Zen and the Art of Drupal, The DrupalJam 2014.


As a member of the Stichting Drupal Nederland I have been (co) organising our DrupalCamps called "DrupalJam" for some time now. Last year we hired a soccer stadium for the the DrupalJam and this year we are at a very relaxing location at the water: InnStyle

This year we are working hard to make sure we will have an even better conference than last year. So far, we are on track on making sure we will. :-)

The first keynote speaker is Ancillia Tilia, former fetish model now known in the Netherlands a advocate on digital rights. She has been active in BIts Of Freedom, the Dutch equivalent of the EFF and the "pirateparty" in Amsterdam. The second keynote is from Jan Willem Tulp who creates astonishing data visualisations. Take for example the work descibed on on this page and burn some CPU cycles while flying in WebGL over over Amsterdam.

The featured speakers include Jeroen Tjepkema on web performance, Vincent van Scherpenseel on UX, Iacobien Riezenbosh (State of the web) and Sander Spierenbug (Ethical hacker at KPN, the largest telco in the Netherlands). Apart from these there is a full program on the site and it includes a Question and Answer session via the internet with Dries Buytaert.

Always wanted to ask a question (even if you are not coming to the DrupalJam or are from the Netherlands?), but were afraid to ask? Now is your chance. Do send in your hair raising questions to Dries! If you are stuck in Drupal, we also have a gurubar where the best minds of the Dutch Drupal community will help you out on the spot.

We would like to thank the sponsors and if you are around in the Netherlands, be sure to buy your ticket for 29 euros (30 if you become a member of the Stichting Drupal Nederland). It includes coffee, tea, water, quality lunch, 20 plus sesions, a free e-book from O'Reilly, the option to win 1 out of 5 free PHP Storm licenses, first free drink in the bar and eternal peace. If you do, be sure to pick the pick a badge.

If you can't make it, you can follow the event at eventifier or @drupaljam


Last thing, friend Metin Seven made an artwork with Druplicon that we printed on a 1 meter high canvas. Attendees can bid on this artwork (new office? must have! :-) ) during the conference.

Organising these events is always a lot of work but with a great team it is neither "a lot" nor "work". Thanks team! Peace.