Before doing any of these eight steps, make sure that you have two laptops with a proper version of Windows installed, and make sure you have connectivity to a Wireless Network . Also make sure, from a hardware point of view, that you have your Kinect device. My Kinect device came with one wire that allowed me to connect both to the electrical outlet and to the USB port to laptop 1 in the baby’s room.
What you need in the baby’s room
You only need to put a couple things into the baby room. The first thing is a generic laptop and the second thing is a Kinect device. But before you put these two things in the baby’s room, you need to spend some time configuring them. This simply means downloading and installing some software.
3 connection points = 2 Outlets in baby’s room + 1 USB Port
I used two electrical outlets in the baby's room, one for the Kinect and one for laptop 1 (see diagram). The other connection is from the Kinect device to your laptop via a USB connection.
8 Step Summary
Basically, you have about five steps to do for the baby’s room equipment and three steps to execute on laptop 2. Laptop 2 is the laptop from which you will view the output from your Kinect device .
Here is the item list that I started with
Two generic laptops with Windows 7. I happen to be using Windows 7 Ultimate. Both laptops were able to connect wirelessly to my home network. Besides the two generic laptops , as far as hardware is concerned, I had the Kinect device itself. I am assuming everyone will have a wireless network that will allow your laptops to communicate over .
Laptop 1 - In the baby's room
A laptop in the baby’s room , laptop 1, only needs two downloads and installations after you attach the Kinect through USB.
The first installation is just some basic programming frameworks that the Kinect SDK uses. Once you have those installed you can proceed directly to the Kinect SDK. The Kinect SDK even includes a viewer program that shows you the content outputted by Kinect.
The details about what to download and what to install is further in this post
Safety Warning – Watch your wiring
Let’s be clear about one thing , however. Be sure that any wires are NOT exposed to the curious pursuits of your baby. Anyone who has a baby knows that any wires within reach is a wire that can be grabbed and pulled.
Install Visual C++ 2010 Express
Kinect SDK Beta Download
Connecting from laptop 2
There is practically no configuration on laptop 2. That is because it will simply use Remote Desktop to view the content visible on laptop 1 .
The command to start Remote desktop is mstsc. Or you can choose it from the menu:
Next , you will enter an IP address. The IP address that you want to enter here (in Remote Desktop Connection) comes from the IP address of laptop 1 in the baby’s room .
Once you connect with “Remote Desktop” into laptop 1 in the baby’s room from laptop 2, which can be in any room that is within and wireless distance, you can see everything going on laptop 2.
There you have it – a baby monitor built from existing hardware. There’s all kinds of interesting stuff possible from here. Works perfectly.
Better solution would be install ip enabled camera .With this you can controls camera from any location.This solution cheaper than kinect + laptop.
I believe Bruno’s intent was to show some the capabilities of Kinect along with the ease of setting up the SDK. Provided the router / firewall is setup to allow the RDP connection, this will also work from any location.
I think you both might have missed the point that the depth camera "captures video data in 3D under any ambient light conditions." This is what makes it interesting over a typical camera. AND you have the possibility to start adding other features to detect things within the frames.
Thanks for sharing! This is an interesting idea and is cheaper than buying a video monitor system because I already have two laptops (old and new) and a kinect system. Anyway to connect to smartglass so I can watch on my iPad?
There is iPad software Splashtop which allows you to see and control your computer screen. So if laptop one is running the software you could use your iPad to control it.. i.e. see what it sees.