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CHAPTER 8: Beyond the Basics > Libraries to Keep an Eye On

Libraries to Keep an Eye On

Several libraries and tools relevant to Kinect are expected to be expanded to work with the Kinect SDK over the next year. Of these, the most intriguing are FAAST, Unity3D, and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio.

The Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST) can best be thought of as a middle-ware library for bridging the gap between Kinect’s gestural interface and traditional interfaces. Written and maintained by the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, FAAST is a gesture library initially written on top of OpenNI for use with Kinect. What makes the toolkit brilliant is that it facilitates the mapping of these built-in gestures with almost any API and even allows mapping gestures to keyboard keystrokes. This has allowed hackers to use the toolkit to play a variety of video games using the Kinect sensor, including first-person shooters like Call of Duty and online games like Second Life and Wo....http://projects.ict.usc.edu/mxr/faast


  

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