I've been watching the Kinect hacks online for the past several months and really enjoyed them. I started thinking recently that I would kind of like to work with it myself, see what kinds of things I might be able to make and do, and decided to get a Kinect to play with.
The first thing I found was that there are a lot of different development platforms that all connect the Kinect to the computer in different ways. I also found out that all of these platforms were in different stages of development, and I don't think any of them are finished.
In the end, I found a lot of information about Kinect 1.2
running under Ubuntu
, and felt that this platform gave me the most initial options for immediate enjoyment.
Trying to install, I found that the instructions that are given on the webpage
(which are incredibly difficult to find), aren't really helpful in installing them on a computer, so after spending two weeks with google and three computers, I finally feel I've figured out the best way to install the working application. This instructable will be my attempt to convey that information I learned to you!