ASUS Xtion works too!

Do you know the Kinect alternative Xtion from ASUS? We’ve tested Xtion and revealed it seems to work well with OpenPool. ASUS Xtion is much smaller than Kinect, and most importantly it can take electricity via USB, so it doesn’t have AC cable not like Kinect. So, using Xtion, we can decrease the number of the cables on the ceiling. Picture: Testing Xtion with Kinect. Smaller green-taped one is Xtion. I updated the DIY-recipe as Xtion is also acceptable. The idea to try Xtion were suggested by Jason from Taiwan. Thank you Jason!

Kinect for Windows or Kinect for Xbox? Both are OK

At first we recommended Kinect for Windows to use with OpenPool, but actually, we figured out both types of Kinects can be used. You’ll need different drivers though. The installer you’ll use is different depending on what type of Kinect you are using. – For Kinect for Xbox: Just run the installer “SensorKinect…”, which is included in the same zip file above. – For Kinect for Windows: Download Zip file from this Github page(You can find “ZIP” button there). For more info, please see the setup page: Anyways, it must be a good news for you that you can use your old Kinect of Xbox you don’t play any […]

We are applying for Next gen Kinect SDK!

As we posted before, Microsoft has recently rolled out their brand-new Kinect coming with Xbox One. Can’t wait? As you may know, Microsoft has announced last week as: Microsoft’s new version of Kinect for Xbox One is also headed to the world of PCs, like its previous incarnation. The new Kinect for Windows sensor won’t be available publicly until some point in 2014, but developers can apply for an early, $400 development kit starting right now (due before July 31st at 9AM PT), Every hacker who likes to Kinect, you should apply too. OpenPool Team has done some submission already… It’s a matter of course. July 31st is the due, so don’t miss […]

New Pocket Detector arrive soon!

Our ultimately cool Pocket Detectors, which are used to get a signal when a ball drops into a pocket, are soon to be upgraded. You should take a look at these videos to see a working prototype. You’ll love it! Way cooler, eh? We’ll post an article about the person who developed it. Stay tuned.

Solution for Multi-Kinect problem = Shake’n’Sense?

One of the difficult issues OpenPool currently faces, is the fact that we use two Kinects. We need two Kinects to cover the entire surface of the billiard table, no matter what size the table is. Kinect works with IR. So one of the Kinects can be confused when it receives IR emitted from the other Kinect. Therefore, at the center of the table, in the middle of the two Kinects, there have often been an interference which caused some malfunctioning in detecting objects. So we need to figure out a solution. One possible solution is to use what is called “Shake’n’sense”. Cool name, isn’t it? Well, the detailed technology […]

Choosing cloth color: Gold vs Silver

Now we are about choose which color to cover our billiard table: Gold vs Silver. What do you think? In anyways, your effect will be projected much much more vivid than ever before!

Event in Tokyo: Smart and Playable City

We will hold an interesting event titled “Smart and Playable City” in Tokyo’s OpenPool Studio on June 2, 2013. Some openpoolers will give a talk, so if you happen to be in Tokyo at that time, why don’t you join us?

PC can now be installed onto the ceiling

We were tackling the problem of installing the main computer on the floor, which made cable-handling difficult. As you can imagine, there are a lot of cables in the space above the billiard table. One from the projector to the PC, another from a Kinect to the PC, one more from the other Kinect to the PC. The farther you put the PC, the longer the cables will be. So our long-lasting dream was to prevent that by putting the PC onto the ceiling. And now, we’ve found the solution. The computer needed to be small and light-weight, yet powerful enough to show the effects smoothly. Also, OpenPool, which uses […]

New Pocket Detectors being developed

We’ve been developing a new type of Pocket Detectors recently, with the 3D printer in our OpenPool lab. We’ll do an interview and post an article to reveal the secrets of this cool product soon, so stay tuned!