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Vangos Pterneas - Kinect MVP

Hey! I’m Vangos Pterneas, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. Most of you know me of my Kinect/HoloLens articles, talksbooksvideos, and open-source software.

I’m running LightBuzz Inc, a US-based software agency. During the past eight years, I have been helping innovative businesses, as well as Fortune-500 companies, grow using cutting-edge body-tracking technology. I also love teaching and talking about Augmented Reality and Motion Analysis.

If you’d like to work together and bring your business to the next level, just drop me a line.

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Articles & Tutorials

Body Tracking - Orbbec Astra Nuitrack
CodeProjectKinectMotion AnalysisOrbbec
April 30, 2018

Body Tracking using Orbbec Astra + Nuitrack (Kinect alternative)

After Microsoft announced the (not so sudden) death of Kinect, I have committed myself to providing viable alternatives for my customers and their businesses. My company has been developing motion-analysis applications for the past seven years, so I know first-hand…
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Kinect Toolkit SDK
KinectUncategorized
April 12, 2018

Kinect Legacy SDK 1.8 & 2.0

As you know, Kinect has come to an end and the industry is transitioning to new depth sensors and new body-tracking SDKs. I have committed myself and my company to develop new frameworks for the Orbbec and Intel cameras. So,…
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Kinect is dead
BusinessCodeProjectKinect
October 25, 2017

Kinect is dead! Now what?

BREAKING NEWS! Microsoft has officially killed the Kinect. Today, Alex Kipman (creator of the Kinect) and Matthew Lapsen (XBOX Marketing) announced that Microsoft will stop manufacturing the Kinect sensor. Source: Co.Design Kinect devices will be available in stores until they run out…
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Floor detection using Kinect and C#
C#CodeProjectKinect
September 10, 2017

Floor Detection using Kinect

Kinect is primarily used in Body and Face tracking applications. Few people know, though, that Kinect is an amazing sensor for detecting the floor, too! The native Kinect SDK provides us with all the information we need to accurately recognize…
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Mathematics - funny guy with calculator
C#CodeProjectKinect
May 28, 2017

Kinect Joint Rotation – The Definitive Guide

In one of my previous blog posts, I showed you how to measure joint angles using Kinect and C#. Today, we'll dive into a more complex topic: in this article, you are going to learn how to measure the orientation…
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Jump Detection Kinect Vitruvius (Cover)
KinectUnityVideos
February 28, 2017

Jump Detection using Kinect & Vitruvius

Today, I'm going to show you how to detect a jump using Kinect and Vitruvius. Jumping is one of the most challenging actions to detect. In this tutorial, you'll also learn how to measure the vertical distance between the person…
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Kinect Drivers - Cover
Kinect
February 2, 2017

Troubleshooting Kinect Driver Issues

Kinect Drivers were originally released in 2014. Since then, there had been no major updates. Microsoft updated the drivers in November 2016, adding UWP support. A few days ago, while working with one of our customers, I noticed something really weird:…
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Natural User Interfaces and Mixed Reality
HololensKinectLeap MotionRealsenseStructure
December 9, 2016

Presentation: Natural User Interfaces + Mixed Reality

A few days ago, I performed a University presentation about Natural User Interfaces, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality. Here are the slides of my presentation. Feel free to get inspiration or use it for your own speaking engagements. 'Til the…
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CodeProjectHololens
October 30, 2016

A Pokemon-Go Clone for HoloLens

I'm VERY excited about this article for two reasons: It features one of the most cool demos I have ever demonstrated in this blog, and it's the first guest post, authored by a person I really admire and respect. This article is…
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Kinect Distance - Depth
C#CodeProjectKinect
August 11, 2016

Measuring Distances using Kinect – The Right Way

Today, I'm going to share a little trick that will save you a ton of time when working with Kinect: how to properly measure the distance between the sensor and a body or object. Surprisingly, I was asked the exact…
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Kinect Coordinate Mapping
C#Kinect
June 23, 2016

Kinect Coordinate Mapping – The Easy Way

A few months ago, I had published a detailed guide about converting between Kinect's 3D and 2D coordinates. Today, I'm going to show you how to accomplish Coordinate Mapping with minimum effort and only one line of C# code! Background…
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Kinect Weight Lifting (Cover)
C#CodeProjectKinect
May 17, 2016

Detect a Weight-Lifting Bar using Kinect

Any weight-lifters reading this blog? If you are trying to combine technology with your daily weight-lifting exercise, look no further. Today, I'll show you how to recognize a weight-lifting bar and display its distance from the floor using Kinect. This…
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Kinect Unity Windows Store
CodeProjectKinectUnity
May 11, 2016

Export your Unity Kinect project for Windows Store

Kinect officially supports Windows Store! So, if you decide to bring your Kinect apps & games to the Windows Store and reach more customers, be my guest. Uploading traditional Windows Store apps, made with Visual Studio and XAML, is quite…
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Kinect Basketball Spinner - Cover
C#CodeProjectKinectUnity
April 6, 2016

Augmented Reality Basketball Spinner with Kinect

Back in 2014, I had the opportunity to work with an amazing agency from Madrid regarding the Mundobasket Contest, held in Spain. My job was to develop a first-class Augmented Reality experience for Globalzepp and Liga Endesa, the official Mundobasket sponsor. The application…
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Hololens Unity (Cover)
CodeProjectHololensUnity
April 4, 2016

Getting Started with Hololens and Unity3D

Microsoft released the official Hololens SDK a few days ago and I published an introduction to Hololens that went viral. Today, we'll dive into Hololens Development using the Emulator. I'll show you how you can build your first Hololens project using Visual…
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Hololens Installation (Cover)
CodeProjectHololensUnity
April 4, 2016

Installing the Hololens SDK

The past few days have been really exciting for Natural User Interfaces. Microsoft released the official Hololens SDK and started shipping the first developer devices. I wrote a detailed review of the capabilities of the device a few days ago.…
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Hololens Development Unity Windows
Hololens
March 31, 2016

Hololens System Requirements

The official Microsoft Hololens SDK is out, so it's time to start developing our own Hololens apps. First, read an introduction about Hololens. In this blog post, I would like to inform you about the system requirements and the developer…
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Hololens Headset (Side)
CodeProjectHololensUnityVideos
March 31, 2016

Hololens – The Ultimate Intoduction

As an engineer, I used to be quite skeptic about wearable computers. The reason was simple: wearable experiences were just not good enough. A few months ago, I was speaking at the annual Microsoft MVP Summit and I had the opportunity to experience…
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Kinect Drawing
C#CodeProjectKinect
March 15, 2016

Drawing using Kinect v2

A few days ago, I received an interesting comment from one of the fans of this blog. The fellow-developer was asking me about a good way to draw on top of a virtual canvas using his hands. So, today, I'll show you…
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Vitruvius Kinect Models Bodies
C#KinectUnity
February 18, 2016

Avateering Using Kinect v2

OK, you have requested this tutorial over a hundred times. You have been asking for this via email, social media, and private messages. So, today, I'll show you how to animate a 3D body model using Kinect. To make things…
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