With Kinect for Xbox 360, the body becomes the controller. Through the small camera bar, each movement of the player can be accurately captured and integrated into the game. However, users of PCs can also benefit from the Kinect control thanks to the efforts of some private developers and only connect the small sensor bar to the computer via USB, either to emulate the Xbox games on the PC using the Kinect control to play or to control his computer with language and gesture instead of with mouse and keyboard.
What is needed for the Kinect control
To use the Kinect also on a PC, the Kinect has to meet a few system requirements.
- First of all, the operating system Windows 7 with the latest updates and the software Microsoft.Net Framework 4.0 is required (the latter can be downloaded free of charge from the Microsoft homepage).
- Also, the Kinect controller requires at least 2 gigabytes of memory, a dual-core processor and a USB port for connecting to the camera bar.
- Furthermore, the “Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit” (often also SDK) and a special driver package for the commissioning of the Kinect control are needed.
How to set up the software
Before you connect the Kinect sensor bar, all software components must be installed. Just follow the steps below …
- If you have not already done one of the regular updates, first download and install Microsoft.Net Framework 4.0.
- Download the “Kinect for Windows SDK.”You can find the software on different pages on the Internet, for example on the homepage of pcwelt.de.Then follow the steps of the Installation Manager to set up the software.
- The menu point “Downloads” → “OpenNi Modules.”You need the OpenNi binaries and the OpenNi Compliant Middleware binaries for Kinect, which you can also download and install as a package.
- You can download an additional driver for free at https://github.com/avin2/SensorKinect.You can find the driver in the “Bin” folder and can also find the OpenNi components on the page.Then install the driver and restart your PC.
Set up the hardware
- Once the required software components are installed, you can connect the Kinect sensor strip to an available USB port on your computer. The new device is now recognized and set up by the PC.
- You can then start the “Sample Skeletal Viewer” software via the “Kinect for Windows SDK” to test whether the Kinect control works without problems and to make an initial recording of your body characteristics.
Afterwards, all functions of the kit such as the Minigame “Shape-Game” are available and can be operated with Kinect control.