EVENT: People, Computers, and Cameras using TSPS

November 9, 2012
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

People, Computers, and Cameras
Using TSPS to prototype camera-based interactive installations

As cameras and computers have gotten smaller, cheaper, and faster, it has gotten easier and easier to use them together to create interactive work. This lecture will offer an introduction to how cameras are used as sensors for interaction and walk through how to prototype interactive spaces using a camera and TSPS. TSPS is an open-source Toolkit for Sensing People in Spaces that makes it simple and easy to use different types of cameras (Kinect, webcam, etc) to create interactive applications.

More on TSPS:
TSPS began as a collaboration between the Rockwell Group LAB and IDEO. It functions as a sort of computer vision server, connecting to a local video feed (web camera, Kinect, or video file), analyzing it (with openCV), and sending what it finds to clients on the same computer or across a network. Clients can be written in anything that can listen to WebSockets, OSC, TCP, or TUIO; examples exist for Processing, Flash, Quartz Composer, and many others. TSPS is written in openFrameworks and is available as compiled app or as source code on GitHub (https://github.com/labatrockwell/openTSPS/).
Brett Renfer is an interaction designer and maker of interactive spaces. He is a member of the Rockwell Group LAB, where he has been creating permanent and pop-up architectural scale interactive installations since 2007. His work with the LAB has included clients such as Google, JetBlue, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the National Building Museum. Brett is obsessed with the intersection of technology, design, and human experience, especially in the context of social spaces, and is interested in both creating work at this intersection and building open tools to lower the barrier of entry into this area of design.
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