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Microsoft Kinect Plus Google Earth in Stereo 3D for Added Realism

February 25th, 2011 · 6 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

An interesting video sent in by MrWest who is demonstrating how Google Earth can be much more fun if you throw in a 3D HDTV and visualize the software in stereo 3D mode and use a “hacked” Microsoft Kinect for the control. In the video he is running Goolgle Earth in 3D mode with the help of DDD’s TriDef drivers on an LG 3D HDTV with passive polarized glasses, but you should have no trouble doing the same with a 3D monitor and 3D Vision using the latest drivers that also support Google Earth in 3D mode. The Microsoft Kinect is being used for control of the movement with the help of a software called FAAST (Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit) which allows to map real gestures to actual controls in a game or a program (emulating a mouse movement or pressing keys on the keyboard). By using the Kintect and the FAAST software you should be able to also redefine the way you control your in-game characters as well and if you add in the stereo 3D mode then you can make things even more realistic.

So if you have a Kinect you should definitely check out the FAAST software…

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ryan // Feb 26, 2011 at 03:29

    This guys needs to fire up his projector! I think kinect with 3D projector could be really immersive.

  • 2 Max // Feb 26, 2011 at 10:33

    Yes, but the reaction is so slow.. i mean realtime would be best.

  • 3 Nick 3DvB // Feb 27, 2011 at 01:47

    I am really excited about the Kinect, after all the hacks Microsoft has said it will release an official SDK for the PC so hopefully we can use it it future games like with the XB360 controller, I heard ASUS are also making a PC version.

    The was a Crysis mod made for the WiiMote called Wiisis, I really hope they update it for Kinect:


    You can produce very powerful non-stereoscopic “3D” effects using head-tracking systems, like view-point adaptive parallax:



    (this would be great for light-gun type games like Time Crysis)

    The Kinect could also use eye-tracking for active depth-o-field effects like this:


    Just imagine combining all these effects with stereoscopic 3D, with a projector “CAVE” system it would be amazing, almost like the Holo-deck! lol

    8 )

  • 4 MJ // Feb 27, 2011 at 05:20

    Going to try to get this working, I didn’t realize the software for the Kinect was available.

  • 5 MJ // Feb 27, 2011 at 05:25

    It says I need OpenNI.dll to run faast. searching for this but not sure what exactly I would need

  • 6 MJ // Feb 27, 2011 at 07:43

    Finally got it working, awesome. Good tutorial for setting up Kinect on PC here: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/148251/How-to-Successfully-Install-Kinect-on-Windows-Open.aspx?msg=3778324

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