ALM Chicago 2012 Highlights

“It will get harder before it gets easier.” Those parting words were spoken to me by Benjamin Day and Chad Albrecht, two speakers at last week’s ALM Chicago conference. The intent of attending the conference was to learn more about Agile Development methodologies in order to apply them towards improving my team’s development processes - it was a great success. Below are some key takeaways from various speakers combined with my own thoughts: Read On →

KinecTunes Post Mortem

A few months ago, I created KinecTunes, a program which utilizes the Kinect to control iTunes. What went wrong There were two main issues that I didn’t initially account for: Sensitivity to noise: Using the SDK example out of box resulted in the Kinect recognizing a lot of false positive commands. This was a big issue - it would randomly interpret lyrics in music as commands and begin to play a new song! Read On →

Introducing KinecTunes - Control iTunes with Your Voice!

A few weeks ago, Microsoft released a SDK for the Kinect. As I had just gotten a Kinect, I was excited to check it out. I love the voice command feature of the Kinect (especially for Netflix on Xbox), so naturally I decided to make an app that incorporated them. I wanted something useful, something beyond just a workable demo. Today, KinecTunes is complete - the ability to control iTunes with voice commands! Read On →