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USB Hacking with Arduino

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tramite Arduino Blog di d.gomba@arduino.cc il 06/12/10


[Collin Cunningham] explains USB protocol and manages to connect a USB MIDI keyboard to Arduino using Cirtcuits@home USB Shield.
USB devices are so common nowadays – wouldn't it be nice to use one with your homebrew electronics projects? I wanted to use my compact USB-MIDI keyboard with my homebrew synth circuits. It seemed a simple enough prospect at first – listen to the data output, press buttons, note the changes, and then program a microcontroller to turn those changes into something I could use (like basic serial MIDI data).
via [MAKE]

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Writing Hello World on the Android with Eclipse

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tramite Antipasto Hardware Blog di Matt il 29/12/10

I've gotten several dozen (!) emails in the past few days from DIY'ers, engineers, hackers, etc. asking for a very simple tutorial - a "hello world android" if you will. It then occurred to me that most of these emails are from people that just got an Android kit for Christmas (thanks to all the help from Matt and Will and Mike to get everything out the door in time).

So here goes. These instructions are summarized over at the wiki on this page.

Step 1: Install Eclipse
Download Eclipse Galileo-SR2 for Mac OS X-32bit  or Windows-32bit or Linux-Ubuntu-32bit, and install it to the desktop or some location inside Documents.

Step 2: Install the Android SDK
This is the trickiest step... Download Android SDK Tools for Mac OS X-32bit or Windows-32bit or Linux-Ubuntu-32bit, and extract the archive into the /eclipse/plugins folder. Open Eclipse, select Help > Install New Software... Click Add, in the top-right corner.When the Add Repository dialog that appears, enter the following:
  1. Name: ADT Plugin 
  2. Location: https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/ 
  3. Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, try using "http" in the Location URL, instead of "https" (https is preferred for security reasons).

Click OK and then in the Available Software dialog, select the checkbox next to Developer Tools. Click Next. Then click through to the end until you're done, and then shut down and restart Eclipse.

Then, click the Eclipse -> Preferences Menu, click the Android category, and browse for SDK location: /eclipse/plugins/android-sdk-2.1_r1. Click OK to apply, and the Target, Vendor, Platform, and API columns should have values, then click OK again.

Step 3: Configure ADB
If you're running on Mac, you're already done. If you 're running on Windows, you have to do a couple extra steps. First, download the SDK from Liquidware - this one is specifically designed to work with the Android DIY Starter Kit and the Android Hardware Development Kit. To install the USB driver, just plug a mini-USB cable into the BeagleBoards USB OTG port, and manually install the driver from your_sdk_path/google-usb_driver into rowboat gadget.
Step 4: Create an Android App
Select File->New Project, and click Android->Android Project. You have options at this point - you can "Create a new project in workspace" and call it whatever you want. This will make a "hello world" template application. Or! You can select "Create project from existing source", and select SkeletonApp. I recommend you do this, and select SkeletonApp. If that doesn't work, then try to default app.
 
Now, plug in Android, select the main source file (in the left panel, under src -> com.example.android.skeletonapp -> SkeletonActivity.java) and press the Go button (the Green arrow on the top line of the menu bar), and you're ready to go.


Step 5: Customize
The most obvious thing to do is change the "Hello World" text. That's probably the safest way to go to start, just to make sure things are compiling properly. I've changed it to "Hello, inthebitz!" and voila - here it is, functionally working on the Android Embedded Hardware Development Kit:
Turns into this:

Bingo! Dino DNA!

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Kinect + Wiimote = Enhanced FPS Gaming

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tramite HacknMod.com - You name it. We hack it. di Saikat il 20/01/11

While Kinect has a few decent games available with it, it doesn't work with games like Call of Duty. Microsoft took aim at the casual gamers first (of course).  However, this Kinect hack demonstrates the potential of Microsoft's latest toy when it comes to FPS games.  While you won't get precise effects for rapid movements (and might lower your Kill-Death ratio), the near realistic leaning, ducking, and reloading puts you more in the game.
The demonstration uses the Flexible Action and Articulated Toolkit which conerts body gestures and emulates them on screen.  About 20 different gestures can be mapped to keyboard or controls for a game.  Not all controls of a FPS like Call of Duty can be controlled via Kinect though, so you have to integrate aiming and movement with a Wiimote.

Popular Kinect and Wiimote Projects:

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Codebox: What do you want to do with Processing?

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In the comments from the last Codebox, someone asked for more info about video and Processing, which got me wondering: what other topics are people interested in? For example, I'd like to know more about firmata, Android - Processing, and Kinect.
On this last point, BTW, Daniel Shiffman has a great tutorial on Getting Started with Kinect and Processing. Check out this video that shows how to control a sketch using gestures:

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VR & Kinect

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tramite adafruit industries blog di adafruit il 21/12/10


VR & Kinect

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Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect to See The World, Obey Your Commands (video)

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tramite adafruit industries blog di adafruit il 17/11/10


Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect to See The World, Obey Your Commands (video) @ Singularity Hub – thanks Kevin!
Hacked-Kinect-Bot
Philipp Robbel has hacked together the Kinect 3D sensor with an iRobot Create platform and assembled a battery powered bot that can see its environment and obey your gestured commands. Tentatively named KinectBot, Robbel's creation can generate some beautifully detailed 3D maps of its surroundings and wirelessly send them to a host computer. KinectBot can also detect nearby humans and track their movements to understand where they want it to go, as you can see in the video below. I had a chance to talk with Robbel and learn more about how this "weekend hacking project" might evolve into some really cool applications for rescuing victims after a disaster.

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Drill-based Kinect camera

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tramite Hack a Day di Mike Szczys il 06/01/11


[Brett Graham] and [David Cox] are taking the Kinect out into the world thanks to this handheld hack they call the Drill of Depth. Apparently, the Kinect wants 12V at 1A which is quite easy to provide with a rechargeable power tool like this Ryobi drill. The setup features a 4.3″ touchscreen display, connected to the Gumstix Overo Air that is running Linux. They claim that there's a "legitimate scientific reason" for building the device but they're not sharing it yet.
So what would you use this for? We wonder if it would be possible to roll a GPS into the mix, then use post processing from the captured data to recreate the environment in a virtual setting? Imagine if a weekend spent walking around campus and processing the results let you model your University and make it an add-on level for your favorite game. Or perhaps this could be paired with a regular camera to generate high-quality 3D skinning data for Google Earth. That's what we came up with, what do you think?

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Hacked Kinect sees through you

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tramite adafruit industries blog di adafruit il 03/01/11


Hacked Kinect sees through you
The Kinect allows tracking of users without additional markers. We develop a magic mirror that generated an overlay of a video image with volume visualization from a CT volume. Such a system could be used for education of anatomy. The Microsoft Kinect provides a color and a depth image. Using OpenNI and PrimeSense NITE we can get the skeleton of a person standing in front of the Kinect in real-time. We register a CT dataset to this skeleton and do an Augmented Reality overlay of the CT and the person. Using context and focus visualization we only show the CT through a virtual window, while still showing the person. The Kinect is positioned next to a big screen. When standing in front of the system, the system acts like a magic mirror that allows seeing inside yourself. Such a system can be used for educational purposes to teach anatomy. The system is currently a prototype. It does not show the CT of the person in front of the monitor, but a CT of another person. We use the Visible Korean Human dataset that has been provided to us by Prof. Min Suk Chung.

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Kinect socket server hack brings gesture recognition to Flash, Silverlight, ...

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tramite Top Tech News / Latest - Techweet di Techweet il 12/01/11


Download Squad Thanks to the clever work of Blitz, a marketing agency, you will soon be able to easily interface any program to Microsoft Kinect. Rather than having to hack at the low-level C++ OpenKinect driver, Blitz's solution is to create a socket server, which other programs -- including Flash and Silverlight websites -- can then interrogate.
Discussion: Ubergizmo 

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Pulito: The LEGO Roomba

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tramite Hack a Day di James Munns il 14/11/10


When [Dave] installed hardwood flooring in his house, he needed a solution to help automate the monotonous task of routine sweeping. Rather than go out and buy one of the many existing automated sweep robots out there, he decided to use his passion for LEGO Robotics to design and build a NXT based Swifferbot he calls Pulito. His version implements all the important features such as object avoidance using bump sensors, an IR beacon used to automatically return to the charging station, and a photoresistor to monitor the charge of the battery. [Dave] also includes a nifty LEGO sensor multiplexor, allowing him to save on I/O ports, which is almost worth sharing by itself.
Videos after the break.




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MineCraft + Kinect

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MineCraft + Kinect
The goal of this hack is to import the data from the Xbox Kinect, process it, and create various effects in the Minecraft universe. The project is currently in its third phase. The first phase aimed to take a snapshot from a Kinect and transform it into a Minecraft save file. The depth and color information was used to approximate the position and types of blocks to best represent the 3D point cloud in MineCraft. The second phase aimed to animate the data captured by the Kinect at 30FPS by means of stop-motion animation.

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Hacked Kinect used to make holographic TV – Princess Leia!

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