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Kinect Hacking For The Environmentally Conscious

Kinect Hacking For The Environmentally Conscious
Design

A new hack tracks movement within a room to automate home lighting.

Stephen Fortune
  • 10 march 2011

The flood waters of Kinect hacks haven’t really ceased since the scene took off in a big way last November.

A Youtube user by the alias of Nitrogen has demonstrated how the affordances of the Kinects sensing capacity can be used in an innovative manner. He uses the Kinect’s ability to track a person within a room to automate his home lighting set up.

This hack offers massive potential for energy saving automation and also illustrates that the Kinnect provides a way for ‘smart homes‘ to become a DIY reality.

The creator explains:

The Kinect sensor is placed in the corner to have as wide a view as possible.  A libfreenect-based application on the automation system monitors my location in the room, using a set of simple rules to determine what action to take based on where I am.  For example, the system can turn the lights on and off as I move around my apartment, impressing friends and saving electricity.

When I’m sitting at my desk, only the lights by my desk remain lit.  When I move around the room, all the lights are lit so I can easily see where I am going.  The lights automatically dim if I sit down for a movie and turn back on if I stand up to grab a snack.  Finally, the lights automatically turn on when I enter my apartment and turn off when I leave.

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