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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The SDK 1.6!!!! (Belated)... Also an apology for not being on lately

I just found out that the Kinect SDK 1.6 is up!

Now you are going to say I am out of it, since it was released almost a month ago, but I didn't have much time to work with my Kinect with working on other projects not having to do with Kinect, but it doesn't sound like there are any new updates that are a matter of life or death, so I don't think it really matters (except developing for Windows 8, which I hardly find fascinating),

Anyways I just wanted to celebrate this occasion, so here I am blogging about it. Also whenever a new version of any software is released it should be significant (so you will be seeing this a lot more in the future).

I am also saying sorry for not getting on or blogging in the last 3 months (Has it really been that long?), and I will try and do better, such as putting up new tutorials and so forth at least  once a month, and try and update some of my other blogs too.

That's all I wanted to accomplish in this post (pathetic right?), so I will see you another day!

Friday, August 31, 2012

New Update for Blog

Hey guys, I just wanted to know that now this blog will be used for any programming related tasks (beside my secret ones). I will probably cover:
And any other language I end up learning :) Just wanted to keep you guys posted

Monday, August 13, 2012

Player Tracking with Kinect

Recently I saw this question on StackOverflow and reminded me of Skeleton IDs, Player Indexs, etc; so I thought I would show you guys how to do this. It is pretty simple, and easy to keep track of.
So first we want to cover IDs since they are the easy ones.
 void nui_SkeletonFrameReady(object sender, SkeletonFrameReadyEventArgs e)  
   SkeletonFrame sf = e.SkeletonFrame;  
   if (sf.TrackingState == SkeletalTrackingState.Tracked)  
      int ID1 = sf.TrackingID;  

Really simple right? Index's are also easy but are a bit more complicated.
 void nui_SkeletonFrameReady(object sender, SkeletonFrameReadyEventArgs e)   
   SkeletonFrame sf = e.SkeletonFrame;  
   //check which skeletons in array are active and  
   // use that array indexes for player index  
   SkeletonData player1 = sf.Skeletons[playerIndex1];  
   SkeletonData player2 = sf.Skeletons[playerIndex2];  

Still extremely simple. Now the code for detecting humans is a bit more complicated than that, but still extremely simple.
 void DepthFrameReady(object sender, DepthFrameReadyEventArgs e)  
      using (DepthImageFrame depthFrame = e.OpenDepthImageFrame())  
           short[] rawDepthData = new short[depthFrame.PixelDataLength];  
           Byte[] pixels = new byte[depthFrame.Height * depthFrame.Width * 4];     
           int player = rawDepthData[depthIndex] & DepthImageFrame.PlayerIndexBitmask;  
           if (player > 0)  
               //do something  

See? this is all pretty easy and very useful. Hope this helps anyone wanting to know about it.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saving an Image from a Canvas C#

Hey all, like I promised in my last post I will show you how to save a canvas image. This is really cool and useful (I think) and pretty simple.
 public void ExportToPng(Uri path,Canvas surface)  
       if(path == null) return;  
         Size size = new Size(surface.Width,surface.Height);  
         surface.Arrange(new Rect(size ));  
         RenderTargetBitmap renderBitmap = new RenderTargetBitmap(  
           (int)size.Width, //width  
           (int)size.Height, //height  
           96d, //dpi x  
           96d, //dpi y  
           PixelFormats.Pbgra32 // pixelformat  
       using (FileStream outstream = new FileStream(path.LocalPath,FileMode.Create))  
         JpegBitmapEncoder encoder = new JpegBitmapEncoder();  
That's all there is to it! I think it is really useful and I would like to use it more often. Hope this helps anyone who wanted to know it!

Saving Images with C#

I am making this very basic tutorial because it was hard for me to change from the old beta's way. It used to just be:

         colorImage.WritePixels(new Int32Rect(0, 0, colorImage.PixelWidth, colorImage.PixelHeight),  
           pixels, colorImage.PixelWidth * 4, 0);  
        colorImage.Save(path, ImageFormat.Jpeg);  

But now we have to use this long line of intense code to save one image, involving converting it to a RenderBitmap, then save it using an Encoder. Here is the new and complicated way of doing it.
               BitmapEncoder encoder = new JpegBitmapEncoder();  
                 using (FileStream fs = new FileStream(path, FileMode.Create))  
               catch (IOException)  
                 MessageBox.Show("Save Failed");  
Alright, I exaggerated, it is not that complicated, but it is a lot less understandable. But I am fine with it since it is more efficient and you can use this method to save anything, like a canvas which I will cover in my next post. See you then!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kinect Basics: Joint Tracking

         This post is Kinect basics. I don't mean any of the stuff you could read else where, I mean the stuff only you read here. So assuming you know stuff about Kinect, this will make sense to you. But to those of you who are pretending to know something about Kinect when you know nothing then I banish you from this blog.

          Moving on, we are going to make an app (in WPF, if you use Winforms I banish you again, and don't even get me started on Silverlight) that takes a joint (your hand, for example) and maps an ellipse to it. This is very simple and I use it a lot. With the XAML just make an 2 images, 4 ellipses, and a canvas, like so:
 <Window x:Class="SkeletalTracking.MainWindow"  
   Title="MainWindow" Height="600" Width="800" Loaded="Window_Loaded"  
   Closing="Window_Closing" WindowState="Maximized">   <Canvas Name="MainCanvas">  
   <Image Canvas.Left="0" Canvas.Top="0" Width="640" Height="480" Name="imageviewer" />  
   <Ellipse Canvas.Left="0" Canvas.Top="0" Height="50" Name="leftEllipse" Width="50" Fill="#FF4D298D" Opacity="1" Stroke="White" />  
   <Ellipse Canvas.Left="100" Canvas.Top="0" Fill="#FF2CACE3" Height="50" Name="rightEllipse" Width="50" Opacity="1" Stroke="White" />  
   <Image Canvas.Left="66" Canvas.Top="90" Height="87" Name="headImage" Stretch="Fill" Width="84" Source="whateverimagefileyouwant.jpg" />  
   <Ellipse Canvas.Left="283" Canvas.Top="233" Height="23" Name="leftknee" Stroke="Black" Width="29" />  
   <Ellipse Canvas.Left="232" Canvas.Top="233" Height="23" Name="rightknee" Stroke="Black" Width="30" />  

           Now keep in mind that this is my first post with code so I don't have the whole Blogger setup figured out. I will find some way to put this stuff in code but it works for now. Now I am assuming if you know something about the Kinect SDK you will know how to display a color image, do that now with "imageviewer" Image. Now for the mapping, you will need these few methods:
 void GetCameraPoint(Skeleton first, AllFramesReadyEventArgs e)  
       using (DepthImageFrame depth = e.OpenDepthImageFrame())  
         if (depth == null ||  
           kinectSensorChooser1.Kinect == null)  
         //Map a joint location to a point on the depth map  
         DepthImagePoint headDepthPoint =  
         //left hand  
         DepthImagePoint leftDepthPoint =  
         //right hand  
         DepthImagePoint rightDepthPoint =  
         //Map a depth point to a point on the color image  
         ColorImagePoint headColorPoint =  
           depth.MapToColorImagePoint(headDepthPoint.X, headDepthPoint.Y,  
         //left hand  
         ColorImagePoint leftColorPoint =  
           depth.MapToColorImagePoint(leftDepthPoint.X, leftDepthPoint.Y,  
         //right hand  
         ColorImagePoint rightColorPoint =  
           depth.MapToColorImagePoint(rightDepthPoint.X, rightDepthPoint.Y,  
         //Set location  
         CameraPosition(headImage, headColorPoint);  
         CameraPosition(leftEllipse, leftColorPoint);  
         CameraPosition(rightEllipse, rightColorPoint);  

 Skeleton GetFirstSkeleton(AllFramesReadyEventArgs e)  
       using (SkeletonFrame skeletonFrameData = e.OpenSkeletonFrame())  
         if (skeletonFrameData == null)  
           return null;  
         //get the first tracked skeleton  
         Skeleton first = (from s in allSkeletons  
                  where s.TrackingState == SkeletonTrackingState.Tracked  
                  select s).FirstOrDefault();  
         return first;  

           Now all you need is to add in the AllFramesReadyEventArgs to tie it all together.
 void sensor_AllFramesReady(object sender, AllFramesReadyEventArgs e)  
       if (closing)  
       //Get a skeleton  
       Skeleton first = GetFirstSkeleton(e);  
       if (first == null)  
       //set scaled position  
       ScalePosition(headImage, first.Joints[JointType.Head]);  
       ScalePosition(leftEllipse, first.Joints[JointType.HandLeft]);  
       ScalePosition(rightEllipse, first.Joints[JointType.HandRight]);  
       ScalePosition(leftknee, first.Joints[JointType.KneeLeft]);  
       ScalePosition(rightknee, first.Joints[JointType.KneeRight]);  
       GetCameraPoint(first, e);  

           And that is all there is to it! Hope this helps. A large portion of this code was taken from

First post!

Hey guys. This is my first post and I just wanted to talk about what this site is about!
I will mostly be covering
 2)The Kinect SDK
 3)Things you can do with the SDK
 4) Anything else I feel like talking about.
This post falls in the 4 category. I would put a number of what category each post falls into, but then I would be claimed of being organized... which I am not. I am running out of things to say, so I will consider this a post well done! I will post a post again in the next day about something semi-serious. See you then!