It is really exhausting to record that I found there are some boundaries of interactive visual expression after I tried Processing and Pure Data in terms of the form of particles, despite both of them have advantages in different aspects, such as audio or the flexibility of editing code.
I came across Quartz Composer when I was searching particle system with kinect, and then I have to say that I tried different software again….Actually, this experiment is a good start I reckon, which really saves me time to get a try and have fun playing with these stuff by using data stream.
(1) add image
(2) change X|Y position and gravity.
Testing 2: Hand tracking
(1) connect QC with kinect (the tutorial of connecting can be found on Youtube)
(2) change the parameter
Testing 3: Hand tracking without body shape
get a try to add another library patch into it.
I will keep learning QC and PD after doing a series of experiment by different software – data stream is really suitable for those who have no idea with computer language to build confidence keep on going the next step.
Updated (24th January 2014)
Testing 4: Blur function with mouse
get a try based on template – black and white function has been added, and the image can be moved by mouse.
Testing 5: Blur function with video camera
make video camera be shown inside the surface of cube.
Updated (26th January 2014)
Testing 6: silhouette via kinect in QC
I am still not satisfied to see the final effect after doing a series of experiments, since the silhouette effect remains a problem in this case.
Updated (27th January 2014)
Testing 7: Hand tracking via kinect in QC
This might be the last testing of kinect project of Semester 1, which shows the concept of elapse of time. I changed data flow of particles and the parameters based on ‘kinect test’ of Quartz Composer, such as gravity and attraction, which circles can be shown radially when the user moves his/her both hands. At last, I feel a bit disappointed more or less due to the unsuccessful experiments, on the other hand, thanks sincerely for those who had supported quite a lot in terms of Processing and Kinect during we were doing a series of experiments about group project. By the way, it will be a good start in Semester 2 that sessions involve that learning Processing and doing the homework.
Challinor, R. (2011). Available at: Youtube, Synapse for Kinect Quartz Composer Tutorial (Accessed: 21 January, 2014).
Robinson, G. and Buchwald, S. (2012). Learning quartz composer: A hands-on guide to creating motion graphics with quartz composer. Corporate and Government Sales, U.S.