[Windows] How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - Printable Version
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How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - guyonphone - 2012-05-05 20:38
I just recently had a heck of a time trying to setup the Kinect I purchased off craigslist to my windows 7 64-bit machine, and I figured I would create a guide on the different internet resources I used to achieve it. My ultimate goal is to use the Kinect in conjunction with VoxCommando, to have completely Voice and Gesture based control of XBMC, using the Kinect.
1. Why would I want to get/use a Kinect for XBMC?
See this thread basically it allows you to control XBMC with hand gestures.
2. OK, you convinced me, but what Kinect should I get?
There are two version of the Kinect, one for Xbox, and one for PC. The PC version costs more, because Microsoft is expecting that it will be purchased by developers, and wants to charge them to license their SDK but as far as I can tell, the hardware is the same. So, for the purposes of this tutorial (since I am not developing) you should be able to purchase a used xbox Kinect and have no issues.
3. I bought the Kinect how do I plug it into my computer?
In order to plug the Kinect into your computer, you need to purchase the power adapter for it as well, which converts the Kinect connector to usb, and provides the external power for the Kinect to operate.
4. You're boring me Guyonphone, how do I install this thing already?
If you are reading this it is likely that you have already purchased a Kinect and have had trouble installing it, then searched for a resolution. So the first thing you need to do, is uninstall everything you already installed related to the Kinect. This includes, the Microsoft Kinect SDK, any OpenNI binaries, NITE, Sensor Drivers, Prime Sense, etc. After you have uninstalled them, check the "C:\program files", and the "C:\program files (x86)" folders, for any remnants, and manually delete the folders, then restart your computer, we want to start with a clean slate.
5. Clean and ready for Install:
Now that we are starting off clean, go to this website:
Follow it's instructions to a "T", Download the files directly from that site.
This will help you install:
NITE Middleware v188.8.131.52
"But Guyonphone" you say, there are newer OpenNI binaries, and middleware, surely you would want me to use those.
You are correct, and they will work for development purposes, but they will not work with kinemote.
"But Guyonphone" you say again, these files clearly say 32-bit, I thought this was a guide for 64-bit windows 7.
I can't fully explain this, other than to tell you that they work, I have tested on two win 7 64-bit machines now.
6. Reboot your computer.
7. Install the Kinect Motor Driver:
Go here and follow these Instructions:
8. Install Kinemote:
All the drivers necessary to operate Kinemote have now been installed. Install Kinemote which you can download from here, after you create a forum account which is free.
9. Microphone installation (Not needed for Kinemote):
I do not believe that all the above will get the microphone on the Kinect working, I think for that you have to install the SDK, but if you do, it will partially destroy all the work we just did. I am still playing around with this, but, basically, you have to go back into the device manager, and manually re-install drivers, for each of the devices now listed under "Microsoft Kinect" by having windows search the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Prime Sense" Folders for drivers. I currently have everything working on my Kinect, but have not perfected the process. Ill try to update this if I feel brave enough to tackle everything all over again.
Obviously reply back here if you have any issues, and I would be glad to try and assist, but please note that I am in no way a developer, this is just a guide of what worked, out of my many trials and errors over the past three days trying to get this thing running.
Lastly, if deemed good enough, I would like to request from the mods that this be entered into the "tips and tricks" area.
RE: [Windows] How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - Ned Scott - 2012-05-05 20:41
Added to the how-to/tips and tricks forum. Thanks for the guide!
RE: How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - Rumik - 2012-06-16 13:53
I've got it up and running, but as soon as the connection between xbmc and kinemote happens, the xbmc menu starts scrolling to the right and won't stop Any ideas?
RE: How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - guyonphone - 2012-06-18 08:31
If you do a "push" with your hand, so that the Kinect recognizes your movements, and then move your palm gently to the left it should fix the issue. I have to say that it's not the easiest thing to use, and user training is going to be a big part of getting it working. Im hoping that the next version of kinemote will be a little more accurate. Let me know if that helps.
RE: How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - Rumik - 2012-06-18 10:35
That did help, thanks. Played with it for a few hours but had to disable it in the end - it's a great first step but until it's tuned as well as on the xbox I don't think it's going to be very useful. I turned to voice commands instead, with VoxCommando, and again it's a great start but it has a long way to go yet.
RE: How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - guyonphone - 2012-06-19 07:07
I agree with your assessment of both voxcommando and Kinemote, In the end I actually don't use them currently either. I end up using my Ipad or iphone with XBMC commander, so far that has been the best input device for me. I also have Flirc which is pretty useful. I have seen TV's companies like Samsung begin to release voice and gesture based TV's, and I would really like to see both of these projects improve to a more useable state. In the meantime they are fun to play with when you have some spare time.
RE: How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - AlexanderCash - 2012-10-26 16:39
Thanks for providing step by step guide to set up Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64. It will be helpful for me and I will try to connect.
Подскажите сесия на носу - llampochka - 2012-12-01 17:48
Подскажите где можно нормольно заказать курсовую без кидалово.За ранее спасибо
RE: How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - Faire - 2013-03-19 21:08
anyone have this working on windows 8?
RE: How-To connect and setup your Kinect to work with Kinemote and windows 7 64 - Faire - 2013-04-24 05:23