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Kinect + Azure + SignalR = Home Security

11.29.2011
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From Brady Gaster comes a Microsoft wedding that has occurred before, but now in a newer and cooler mix.

Kinect tracks people; Azure talks to everything, everywhere. Why not let Kinect talk to you anywhere -- about people near your Kinect?

And for good measure, why not display the contents of Kinect's vision directly in your browser? (This is where SignalR comes in.)

It's definitely a cool idea, so here's a 53-second demo:

But you want to get behind the browser and into the development. And it turns out Brady's app is simpler than you might think, with just four projects in the VisualStudio solution:

  • Kinectonitor
  • Kinectonitor.Web
  • Kinectonitor.Windows.Monitor
  • ServiceBusSimplifier (a wrapper for the Windows Azure Service Bus)

And the XAML client is as simple as could be -- just ten lines -- even if you're not deeply familiar with .NET just yet.

You can browse Brady's github project here, but his high-level overview is short, clever, and probably worth reading first.