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Kinect2Scratch (Version 1.5, 2012)

This version is old and deprecated but hosted here because many teachers, researchers and students still use it. Enjoy.

Important: This software enables you to write body tracking programs using Kinect v1 and Scratch 1.4. If you have any other Kinect or Scratch version, you should go to the latest version Kinect2Scratch

This supports requires:

  1. Kinect v1 for Xbox or Kinect v1 for Windows with an external power supply (electricity plug)
  2. Kinect SDK 1.8 (not SDK 2.0)
  3. Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or Windows 10
  4. Scratch 1.4 (for Windows, offline version)
  5. Kinect2Scratch 1.5 (2012 Version)
  6. Kinect2Scratch Samples (Optional)

Installation & setup:

  1. Install and run Scratch 1.4
  2. Install Kinect SDK 1.8
  3. Download and unzip Kinect2Scratch 2012
  4. Run Kinect2Scratch SDK 1.5.exe (click Launch Kinect and Connect to Scratch)
  5. Download Samples and unzip into Documents\Scratch Projects

Read a longer version of how to get started here: Developing with Kinect2Scratch.
And an even longer version (though quite out of date in some ways!) here: Kinect Hacks

If you use this software in an academic publication, and want to cite it in a publication, please cite it as follows (or similar, depending on style):

Howell, S. (2012). Install Scratch and Kinect2Scratch. In J. St. Jean (Ed.), Kinect Hacks: Tips and Tools for Motion and Pattern Detection (1st ed., pp. 184 - 206). Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly.

and please let me know! I'm writing up a PhD and I'd love to hear if this has been useful to you.

If you just want to cite where you got the software, please cite this page or the latest software page:

Howell, S. (2012). Kinect2Scratch (Version 1.5) [Computer Software].

When not working, or being a husband, and dad to 4 great kids, I'm a PhD candidate in SMARTlab, College of Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland.
You can email me academic opportunities (e.g. if you'd like to collaborate on some research):

Stephen Howell, June 2018