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Advanced Sensors

Task 9 Advanced sensors Set: w7i Due: Monday 19th December 2016 Weighting: assessable (10%) Courses: stech
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This lecture includes demonstrations of a variety of proprietory advanced sensors such as the Leap Motion and the Kinect. We also discuss the pros and cons of these systems.

Here are some links you might choose to explore:


Leap Motion


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  • Investigate either the LEAP Motion or the Kinect (or another agreed 'advanced' interface).
  • Design a basic way of using some of the device's data in a creative demo
  • If you like, consider expanding your work into the final project or even your major project.
  • Document your experiment(s).

  • Clearly, I don't want you to submit your devices. Instead, you need to submit some documentary evidence that you've completed your task. The most obvious way to do this is to submit some sort of video of your task working, as well as of the code running. If you can't do this, take photos.

  • Media files
    You must submit media files, such as video, audio or image files, but please ensure that video files are compressed to a reasonable degree. You should never submit dv files, but compress these to mp4. You should submit no file that is greater in size than 25MB/minute.

  • Added value
    By completing the details of the task you will achieve at least a pass mark. By imaginatively and creatively considering how you might implement the task originally you can add value to your submission, and this added value may increase your mark significantly. Even when making videos of short demonstration tasks try to consider musical and performance criteria.

  • Bearing this in mind, try to adapt and make more interesting your files. Simply repeating what we've already done will get minimal marks. So try each patch out in various ways. Even if it's just a blinking LED, try using patterns of colours and/or timings.

  • Compress (zip) your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"myo" (e.g. 0504335_myo.zip), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch.

  • Submit a copy of the files to the i-Centre on Monday 19th December 2016