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KINECT – Issue with Height?

8 November 2010 3,538 views No Comment

One thing that I never thought of until today was the issue of height with the Kinect camera for the Xbox 360.

When I first got the Kinect, I had it mounted about 4 1/2 feet off the ground and I would stand about 6 1/2 feet away from the camera. I had no issues with the Kinect seeing me or my face and would track me quite easily.

Now today we got a new TV stand that is much lower and the camera is now at a height of 32 inches, and it is still the same distance away from where I stand when I play.

Now my girl friend spent quite awhile playing Kinectimals today just fine. I will write about her thoughts about the Kinect at a later time. I might even try to get her to write out what she thinks. Anyway, she is about 5 foot 4 inches tall so the camera saw her just fine.

Same with my two nieces that came over to try it out as well. The camera could track them both quite easily and they could take turns jumping in and out and the Kinect had not trouble with them either.

Then I tried to play and it would not do anything. I tried moving back and forth, side to side. Nothing. I thought that maybe it got confused with so many people jumping in and out but anyone else could get it to work just fine. I guessed that it did not just stop liking because it is sexist and only like females, so I restarted the xbox to see if that will fix the problem.

Now when you first turn the xbox on and you have the Kinect attached, there is a small box in the bottom corner that shows what the camera can see. You know what I saw in that box? Me. With no head. It could not see my head. Just up to my chin. I am 6 foot 3 inches tall. I am thinking that I am standing too close for someone as tall as myself. I am going to have to do some experiments to see if I can get the camera to re-set and look up a little higher. Either that or I need to stand a little further away.

UPDATE: Yes, you can easily change the height at which the camera works. It will see me clearly, but it will adjust to see my 4 year old. All is good.

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