How to Use Kinect with PowerPoint


While preparing for my upcoming Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 presentation: BL43 – Breakout Session: Building Your Business Brand on LinkedIn , I decided to take my presentation game up a notch and make it truly interactive.
While preparing for my upcoming Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 presentation: BL43 – Breakout Session: Building Your Business Brand on LinkedIn , I decided to take my presentation game up a notch and make it truly interactive. There’s no better way to do this but to use Microsoft Kinect with PowerPoint!

Since the technology is so new, there’s no out of the box solution available. However, I was quite fortunate to find the Kinect PowerPoint Control in CodePlex by Joshua Blake. I downloaded the source code and with a little Visual Studio magic, I was able to build the solution and take advantage of it.

So without further ado, here’s how you can use Kinect with PowerPoint:

3. To download the Kinect for PowerPoint control, you have 2 options:
a. You can download, unzip and run this compiled solution.
– No need to open up Visual Studio and compile the code. I’ve done that for you and all you need is to run the .exe file once you unzip the download
– The only gestures available is moving the slides backward and forward
b. You can download the source code from codeplex, compile it with Visual Studio and run it.
– The benefit of downloading the source code is you can customize it and perhaps add more gestures and even voice controls
4. Run the Kinect for PowerPoint Control and you should see this:

5. Run your PowerPoint presentation and start moving your slides with your hands!

See it in action:

If you’re going to WPC2012 and you want to see this live in action, make sure you attend the session BL43: Building Your Business Brand on LinkedIn which I will co-present with her awesomeness Kat Tillman on July 12, Thu.

Also, make sure you check out how you can participate in a SharePoint workshop and Dragon Boat fund raiser I am hosting while in Toronto during WPC2012.

If you want to learn more on what you can do with Kinect, check out Kinect Hacks.

As always, let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to hit me up on Twitter.

4 thoughts on “How to Use Kinect with PowerPoint

  1. Combine this with PPTPlex and some Dramamine (for motion sickness) and you’re set. Seriously, you see how far we’ve come since the ‘bad old days’ of trying to control PPT with a couple of Wii nunchucks?

  2. Interesting approach. We also write about this integration between Kinetic and PowerPoint and worked pretty well in a local demo.

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