I recently got a Kinect to work on at my sumemr internship at Ducere Technologies. Having heard so much about OpenNI, I tried installing it on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit machine. It took some time to configure, build and install it. I got help from few blogs. I managed to install it somehow. Connected the kinect and fired up the demo program and ran into troubles. I was getting following error.
A timeout has occurred while waiting for new data
I rebuilt OpenCV with OpenNI support but was facing the same problem. I spent a lot of time looking for it but couldn’t find anything substantial. I removed and blacklisted the default kinect driver from the kernel, but the problem persisted. I was trying few things and somehow it worked for a moment. OpenCV grabbed the image and then again ran into same errors. I was fed up so I tried using kinect with SimpleCV. SimpleCV uses python bindings of freenect which I installed using apt-get.
sudo apt-get install libfreenect-dev freenect python-freenect
I wrote a qucik three line code in SimpleCV shell.
And it worked. Here’s a demo video that I made using SimpleCV.
Here’s the code.
This was really positive and motivated me to use freenect with OpenCV. I looked it up on Google and found few links.
The above code is written for
iplImage, so I made few changes so that it supports the current C++ API. You can find it here. This code uses OpenCV Mat structure and all the latest C++ API. As of now, I don’t have much knowledege of threading, but I’ll dig it up and try to improve this code if there’s any scope.
I don’t have any video of OpenCV with freenect. But I’ll upload it first thing in the next week.
P.S. Google Summer of Code 2013.
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