This Sunday Syyn Labs Workshop: Computer Vision & Kinect Hacking

January 26, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Syyn Labs Workshop: Computer Vision & Kinect Hacking

Sunday, January 29th, 12pm-4pm at Droplabs near Dowtown LA

Limited space – RSVP here:

WHAT: You can gaze longingly into your robot’s eyes… but does it gaze back? Computers can perceive the visual world through special cameras, and by employing algorithms and techniques generally known as “computer vision.” In this workshop, you’ll learn some basic computer vision techniques which you can use to make interactive art, perceptive robots, or just fun games.

WHO: If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at “Kinect hacking,” but you have no previous experience with computer vision, then this workshop is for you. However… Computer vision is a sophisticated topic, and should not be undertaken as a first programming pursuit. You should be comfortable writing code in a language like C, C++, Java, or Python.

REQUIREMENTS: Personal laptop – also, please complete this survey so Eric can tailor the class accordingly.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Using the Kinect camera as both a “color camera” and as a “depth camera,” we’ll explore such arcane topics as:* What’s a pixel, anyway?* Thresholding* Color spaces* Contour finding* Blobs and their ilk* Geometric transformations* Image drawing* Specialized cameras

NOTE: WORKSHOP BEGINS AT 12pm SHARP! You can arrive as early as 11:30am to setup…


Eric Gradman

Eric Gradman / Lead Engineer, Syyn Labs

Eric Gradman is a founding member of Syyn Labs. As a roboticist and interactive artist, he has developed computer vision software for such disparate applications as military robots and sock-puppet karaoke machines. His computer-vision-based art has been seen in museums and at events far and wide. Check out his work at