C H A P T E R  5

Kinect Remote Control

by Ciriaco Castro and Enrique Ramos

Imagine controlling all your home appliances remotely just using body movements and gestures. There are a number of machines and devices that can be controlled electrically in an automated house, such as television sets, DVD players, radios, lamps, and the heating system. In order to avoid the problem of tinkering with mains power and the obvious risks of opening up expensive devices, this chapter will focus on hacking an external element that can control a broad range of devices: a general-purpose remote control. Hacking a remote control is a really simple job; you just open the remote and connect it to an Arduino board. You then use the Kinect to perform gesture recognition ...

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