This application, Kinect Paint, is a lot of fun to play around with. Although developments are still early, this undoubtedly has definite implications in elementary classrooms and is further evidence that the Kinect development community is growing strong.
As this Kinect community grows, the need for accessible downloads is warranted. This is provided a single executable file, making it easier for everyone to access. Most developments thus far have required you to compile source code, which can be tedious and perplexing. That being considered, make sure you read the instructions from the provider’s site in order to get this to work, because you will need to download the Kinect SDK first. If that sounds like too much legwork, I will tell you that it is beginning to become much easier to utilize these developments.
This application is available for download at paint.codeplex.com and is also listed in the Kinect Apps for Education directory at http://apps.kinecteducation.com. Using the Kinect and a PC, you can draw using coordinated hand movements.
Check out my video demonstration below. I may be super-nerd for filming myself like this; if I am, oh well. It’s far too cool not to share.
For those of us raised in typical school settings, the memory of straight-row desks with little activity is all too familiar. As we’re all aware, the Kinect has the potential to evolve classrooms beyond this 18th century model of learning to a structure that’s aligned with brain research and the benefits of active learning.
With the release of the noncommercial Kinect SDK, several new Kinect applications are emerging. These range from simple apps (such as creating “3D air drawings”) to more complex applications (such as sign language recognition). Regardless, every single one of these developments has the potential to drastically enhance teaching and learning in all learning environments.