Co-founded with Tegan Bristow, Hackinect Wednesdays is a small group of programmers / artists / designers / hackers that meet once a week to hack the Xbox Kinect and create an installation.

We decided to make a physical musical instrument with the Kinect as the gestural controller. The installation uses three programming languages. The gestures are read by the Kinect; processed in Open FrameWorks; mapped in Max/MSP, then all that sexy data gets sent to the Arduino to control solenoids that turn objects into musical instruments – lot’s of fun! I will update with news as we go along.

If you are in Johannesburg and want to be involved, let me know and I’ll send you the details.

who’s involved (so far)

Tegan Bristow

Dino Fizzotti

Stephen Buchanan

Maia Grotepass

me (Andrew Spitz)


6 Responses to “hacKinect Wednesdays {+ community}”  

  1. 1 Koki

    I’d like to come check it out. Probably won’t contribute anything but learn from you guys.

  2. 2 Andrew Spitz

    Awesome! You’re welcome to come check what it’s about. We’re meeting from 6.30 tomorrow at WITS in the Digital Arts Convent Building. My email is andrew [at] soundplusdesign [dot] com if you need more info.

  3. 3 Byron

    Hey Andrew. Sounds interesting. Correct me if I’m wrong but wouldn’t this turn out sorta like a Theremin? Possible a different sound patch but along similar lines. Sounds like fun though. Nice blog.

  4. 4 Andrew Spitz

    Hey Byron! Long time…

    Totally! Not a good sounding one, but one nevertheless.

  5. 5 Byron

    Cool. I wonder where all this physical interaction with software will take us? I was just thinking this morning, that a DAW with a GUI similar to that of the GUI which Tony Stark uses in Ironman could be seriously cool. certainly improve work flow and speed. lol.

  6. 6 Andrew Spitz

    Ha! For sure, would beat the mouse ans keyboard. We’re definitely heading that way though…

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