When the Kinect launched, Adafruit Industries ran a contest for the first person who released open-source code to extract video and depth from the Kinect. Adafruit also ended up donating to the EFF after the contest was over.
When I was in grad school, I would have loved to have a device like the Kinect. So I decided to run my own contest:
The first $1000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second prize goes to the person or team that does the most to make it easy to write programs that use the Kinect on Linux.
It’s time to announce the prize winners. There’s been so many cool things going on with the Kinect that instead of two winners, I ended up declaring seven $1000 winners.
Open-source Application or Demo
I picked two winners in this category.
- Tomoto Washio for Kinect Ultra Seven. This program lets you transform into Ultra Seven with lots of different powers. It’s a really fun demo–check out the videos:
- Tiago Serra and the SenseBloom team for XBox Kinect OSCeleton. The application sends 3D tracked body skeletons through the OSC protocol. Essentially, it’s a do-it-yourself motion capture system:
People that have made it easier to write programs for the Kinect
A ton of people have made the Kinect more accessible on Linux or helped the Kinect community. I ended up picking five winners.
All of these individuals pushed things forward so others can develop great programs on the Kinect more easily. Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone doing neat things with their Kinect!