Monthly Archives: April 2013

Workout Session 3: Google’s Ingress

Ingress is a fantastic game just by itself, but combine it with a quest for health and fitness, it can be an amazing part of your daily walking regiment without even realizing you’re getting exercise! In this session, I take you on a tour of the gameplay and a little bit of the plot. If you have a decent powered Android phone and can get a beta invite, its the perfect augmented reality fitness game.

Workout Session 2: Happy Trees 2013

In this S2W motion/gesture control and speech experiment, Ben invokes a bad facsimile of Bob Ross as we relax to a session of painting.

In this, we demonstrate speech commands to change color, clear the canvas, and invoke the canvas master himself for a quick landscape.  In front of Ben is an Asus Xtion Pro depth camera powered by Ben’s OpenNI/NiTE Node.js “NuiMotion” plugin.

For the tech behind this post, checkout and search for Ben’s Kinect/Natural User Interaction posts on  Also, for the Speech interaction, specifically, checkout Ben’s Web Speech API writeup.