Kinect v2 Speech Bubbles Enhanced

During Summer 2014, I had the chance to work on a Kinect v2 “Speech Bubbles” app, built upon a sample project from Kinect MVP Tom Kerkhove. In the initial version, I added a speech bubble gets displayed above a person’s head when the person walks into view.

initial-version

However, this created a problem for multiple people. It was displaying the same text for every person who walked into view, up to 6 people. So, I decided to update the program to display a new random message every time a new person is detected.

I quickly discovered that this created yet another problem: all the displayed messages would get updated for everyone, even when only 1 new person entered the frame. Finally, I added an array of displayed messages (one for each detected body), so that everyone gets their own randomized text.

Now, it was ready to test in the wild… so I used it at HackUMBC, a hackathon event at the University of Maryland Baltimore College.

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MSDN Channel 9 Video Promoting MVA Construct 2 Video Tutorial

Interested in developing games with Construct 2?

Check out a promo video of my colleague James Quick and I on MSDN’s Channel 9 (with DevRadio host Jerry Nixon,  to promote our upcoming video tutorial on Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Free Registration

To register for the course, simply go to Microsoft Virtual Academy at:

Details:

  • Date/Time: September 25, 2014 9:00am–1:00pm PDT
  • What: Jump Start training with live Q&A
  • Cost: Free
  • Audience: Hobbyists or professionals, of any skill level, interested in learning to build 2D games.
  • PrerequisitesNo experience in game development or computer science is required.

Construct 2 Flapping Bird Improvements

In my previous Construct 2 tutorials, we covered a top-down shooter and a flappy bird clone, derived from Scirra.com tutorials.

In the following presentation, you’ll learn how to make simple improvements to Flapping Bird.

  • High score, with WebStorage (HTML5 local storage)
  • Functions
  • Sound effects

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Get Free Microsoft Software with BizSpark

Do you qualify for BizSpark? Would you like to obtain free software for your startup?

According to the official BizSpark website, your startup qualifies for BizSpark if you are:

  • Developing software or apps
  • Less than 5 years old and privately held
  • Making less than US$1M annually

You should also do the following before signing up:

  • Get a custom domain for yourself, unique to your startup.
  • Set up a website for your startup using the custom domain.
  • Create an email address for yourself and other members on your domain.

When signing up for BizSpark, you will need to enter a website URL and email address that uses your own domain.

More information here:

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