A great deal of research has gone into investigating the available software and hardware that best suit the project’s requirements. We needed hardware to sense and capture movement, software to translate motion into data and additional software with a programming language to utilise the data to control or manipulate the environment, both visual and audio. The criteria was to find hardware which was cost effective, accessible and easy to set up.

After two months of researching and testing various applications, and investigating similar projects in London, we decided on the Microsoft Kinect motion sensor and a combination of applications and programming framework; Synapse, Syphon, Max 6 and Quartz Composer.

Synapse: synapsekinect.tumblr.com
Max 6: cycling74.com
Quartz Composer: developer.apple.com/technologies/mac/graphics-and-animation.html