Kinect used to create air guitar

Kinect used to create air guitar

In partial fulfilment of the requirement for his degree in Enterprise Computing, a Sheffield University (Sheffield, UK) student has created a controller-less air guitar with the aid of a Microsoft Kinect sensor.

The system Sina Shamshiri developed uses the Kinect sensor to track the position of the left hand on the fretboard while detecting the strum gesture with the right hand. A sound generator synchronised with the gesture recognition system then produces the correct sound at the right time.

To evaluate the effectiveness of the system, 37 individuals consisting of 17 guitarists and 20 non-guitarists were surveyed. Surprisingly, guitarists in the group gave the system higher ratings than non-guitarists.

Shamshiri's final dissertation on the subject that details the challenges he faced in the development of the controller can be found here.

Shamshiri himself is now studying for a PhD in the verification and testing group at the university.

Related articles from Vision Systems Design that you might also find of interest.

1. Pez head

Custom heads for Pez dispensers have been created at the 'Hot Pop Factory ' using a Microsoft Kinect camera and a 3-D printer.

2. Book details design of TOF cameras

A new paperback book from Springer describes the physical principles, the hardware architecture, and the electronic design of time-of-flight (TOF) sensors.

3. Kinect helps to find objects in complex scenes

Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT; Helsinki, Finland) and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Saarbrücken, Germany) have developed a computer vision-based tracking system with vibrational feedback that can be used to steer a user's hand towards an object of interest.

4. Kinect aids rehabilitation of stroke patients

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, UK) have been awarded a £347,000 grant to investigate how Microsoft's Kinect can assist with the rehabilitation of individuals with facial paralysis caused by a stroke.

5. 3-D modeling improves spinal casting process

Engineers at 4DDynamics have developed a 3-D system that can be used to develop prosthetic corsets in less than half a day.

-- Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design

Get All the Vision Systems Design News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to Vision Systems Design Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now



How the newest machine vision standards will affect you

How will the latest developments in machine vision standards affect you? This webcast will answer that question by featuring updates on relevant standards by some of the industry’s most knowledgeab...
Date: July 15, 2015

How vision systems are changing automotive manufacturing

How do Ford and General Motors leverage machine vision for powertrain manufacturing? How does traditional vision application development serve today’s needs, and what machine vision capabilities co...
Date: June 24, 2015


Adimec and partners awarded two projects developing next generation image sensor and camera technologies

June 3, 2015 Adimec, a world leader in application-specific industrial OEM camera solutions, is a key partner ...

Adimec demonstrates CMOSIS and ON Semi high-resolution camera series and other imaging advances at AIMEX 2015

June 3, 2015 Adimec will showcase its portfolio of machine vision, healthcare and global security products and...

Adimec demonstrates high-resolution, high-speed CoaXPress Cameras at Photonics West 2015

June 3, 2015 Adimec (, a world leader in application-specific, leading-edge industrial camera s...


Click here to view archived Vision Systems Design articles