Kinectics – A Study on Art, Physics and Interactive Technologies

For Kinectics I really wanted to explore the Kinect sensor, reactivity and interactivity.  I wanted to create a way to interact with a physics based particle system in MAX 6, and utilized joint tracking  a Kinect, and parsed OSC messages using a program called “Synapse“.  One at a time, users can kick and toss a particle system of red spheres.   They attract themselves back to the viewer so when action occurs towards a cluster, they explode outwards and bounce around the room.  The effect is almost like a ball pit at a carnival, or fast food restaurant.  The system is unpredictable and chaotic, and ever user’s experience is entirely dependent on how they want to approach the art piece.

Visualizing the Tracking


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