Low Cost Motion Capture with the Kinect

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Since 2009, the gaming experience has experienced a great revolution with the creation of the Microsoft Kinect Sensor. Before that, all gamers were only dreaming about playing video games without using a controller. The idea of using their body to control the games was only on movies. So, on November, 2010 the Kinect Sensor was launched in USA for Xbox 360. Imagine becoming a Jedi on the Star Wars game, being a F1 pilot or playing any sport like Tennis, Baseball or Bowling in your own TV room. That’s what Kinect owners were provided, a totally different and innovative experience.

Microsoft Kinect Sensor is an amazing package of software and hardware. Its hardware has suffered very few modifications since its launch, receiving many software updates during the last years. The hardware is composed of a sensor bar that deals with 3D depth sensors, an RGB camera, a mutli-array microphone used to do low cost motion capture the environment sounds and a motor pivot used when it’s self calibrating. With all these features, Kinect can be used not only to play games, but to control all the Xbox, like voice recognizing commands, taking a picture to log in to your Microsoft account, and many other features that are always being developed.

Since this revolutionary new product launch by Microsoft, many people are studying this sensor for applying the ideas on various fields. We can see its usage on simple to complex applications. People are using it for medical applications as 3D Scans, surgery information, augmented anatomical overlays, where people can see their bone structures by just standing over a screen and so many. People are also using this sensor for things like trying clothes by just looking on the screen, also things like changing a wall to a touch-screen environment, translations, and so many applications.

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Companies are also starting to use Kinect to develop 3D animations, by just using a computer connected to a Kinect Sensor. You can use it on Windows or MAC OS, with many options of softwares available in the market. Following this idea, Fastmocap has developed a system for 3D motion capture using Microsoft Kinect Sensor. Fastmocap allows you to create your 3D characters just with the movement of anyone’s body. This system was created to facilitate the lives of 3D artists to create natural and organic character animations taking advantage of Kinect. It’s a marker less system with no complex setup, no special suit, no specific environment, no calibration pose and the most low budget 3D creation solution in the market. Some companies are already using this idea to improve their experience, like Hao Studio: “Motion capture has never been so accessible.

Fastmocap made the tedious character animation process so much fun and easy”. Fastmocap can be used within any known 3D creation software like, MotionBuilder, Maya, Poser, Daz 3D, 3D Studio Max, Blender, iClone and much more.

So, Microsoft Kinect has been increasing its quantity of applications each month, in the world. Which one do you think is going to be the next innovative application of the Sensor? It is always evolving and growing.

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Why Should You Choose Silkroad Salvation Over Other Versions?

36Silkroad is a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was initially released in Korea and then made available around the rest of the world. Depending on where you are located, it can be difficult to find a reliable server to play this fun game with other people. That is the purpose behind Silkroad Salvation. This server is dedicated to English speaking players and offers a number of benefits over other versions of this game. Learn more about Silkroad Salvation and why you should choose it over other versions.

Quick Overview to Changes

Before getting into the specifics of this version of Silkroad, I would like to explain the main changes that I made when developing this version. First, there is a level 70 cap, which provides more room for levelling up. To go along with this, I have also increased the experience rate by 10. For trade goods routes, I have increased the majority of the routes by 3 and some by 6. The item mall has been adjusted so that it only provides cosmetic and luxury items, so that there is no pay to win. All of these changes silkroadprovide a more level playing field for players and more opportunities for growth, for more diverse gameplay with more reward.

Basic Rules of Silkroad Salvation

I also made some changes to the basic rules, which I feel will improve the overall playing experience. Firstly, there is no botting – only real players. Players who abuse this will be banned instantly. There is no debate about this fact, as botting gives players an unfair advantage by being able to earn without actually playing. There is also no taxing. This means that you cannot use a high level player to power up another player that is not contributing. Basically, the lower levels must contribute by either attacking or healing, but buffing is not considered contributing. Finally, there is no farming of battle arena coins.

Further Changes to Silkroad

silkroad1The changes do not stop there, as I have made every effort to improve Silkroad. My goal is to make Silkroad Salvation enjoyable for both casual gamers and hardcore Silkroad players. This means that the majority of the gameplay has been tailored for player versus player gaming. The result is a game that offers repeatably entertaining content without requiring the need to raise the cap past 70. The overall changes should reduce the monotony for newer players while still providing fun gameplay for those that are familiar with the game. Silkroad Salvation remains competitive while still letting newbies take their time getting used to the gameplay. Another change in this version comes in the form of skills. The majority of the skills have been edited for smoother gameplay. Some minor changes include the removal of magic pop, damage scrolls, premium ticket, and devil spirit.

Changes to World Maps

cont_03_01There are only two world maps that are active in Silkroad Salvation – Jangan and Dw. Since this version of Silkroad is designed to be more geared towards jobbing and guilds, we wanted to a more condensed world. I examined the trade routes and removed the ones that were least active and useful.

I hope you all enjoy this version of Silkroad Salvation, as it should be a far more enjoyable game for those of us interested in continuing to play Silkroad. This release of Silkroad Salvation took quite some time to put together, so hopefully, everyone has a good time with it. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Silkroad Salvation and why it should be superior to previous versions. If you have a comment about this, leave me a message and I will definitely get back to you.