Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2011 about Kinetic Interfaces and YUI on Tuesday 21st June

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  • Control Emacs with Your Beard: the All-Singing All-Dancing Intro to Hacking the Kinect

    by Greg Borenstein and Devin Chalmers

    Thanks to mad consumer science like the Microsoft Kinect, the future of human-computer interfaces is approaching faster than a jetpack-powered high-speed rail line filled with Phil Dick novels.

    Watch, dumbfounded and thunderstruck, as award-winning Kinect hacker Greg Borenstein (and his grotesquely deformed, half-literate assistant Devin) use open source libraries like libfreenect, Cinder, and OpenFrameworks to build gestural interfaces that let them:

    • Play web browsers like violins!
    • Manage windows like so many marionettes!
    • And, of course, hack on Emacs hands-free with the assistance of _nothing but a beard_.

    Working without a net and at great personal and professional peril, they will show why even the crustiest open-source geeks will be excited to play with this new toy.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Tuesday 21st June

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