About Me

Hi, I’m Steve.

I’m a student at Anglia Ruskin University. I’m studying a Masters in Computing and the Internet and I’m in my second year. This semester I’m doing the Research Methods module and my own Independent Learning Module (where I basically make up whatever I like!

I’m also a member of staff at the University, working in the IT department (Information Systems and Media Services).

I decided to blog to help me keep track of my studies. One of my tasks this term is to keep a log of my learning activities, so I figured a blog was as good a way as any. Then the blog kind of evolved into a student tips guide. This explains why I have so many posts about saving money, configuring  software and various other things that students are entitled to but don’t necessarily know about.

I hope you find my ramblings useful/interesting!


  1. Good morning Steve,

    I just read up about your Kinect Gesture project and wanted to say hi.

    I am an old graduate from Anglia Ruskin from 1996 (back when it was called APU) and I joined forces with another graduate and we now run a software development business on St Andrews Street in Cambridge.

    I have a job coming up where I need to use Kinect to aid presentation of 3D objects and I am going to use your gesture recorder if thats okay (giving credit where its due obviously). I wrote a similar thing a few years back for the Wii where it recorded accelerometer patterns and tagged them to a gesture to manipulate objects in the XNA.

    Aaanyways I just thought it was a coincidence that I have a Kinect Gesture job coming up and then someone down the road at my old Uni has written an Open Source gesture recorder.

    Were also always looking for good coders here if you fancied taking on some extra work while doing your Masters, but I see you are already employed by Anglia so I’m not pushing.

    But yeah, good work matey, I’m loving the Kinect and what it can do and will keep you posted on my project with it in case you wanted to blog it.

    Kind regards,

    Director – altfusion Ltd.

    • rymixxx says:

      Hi Lindsay,
      Thanks for the message and good luck with the job. Of course it’s fine to use this – well, from my perspective anyway. Hopefully you’re cool with Microsoft’s terms too.

      Small world, eh? I’m really up to my eyes in it with full time work and the Masters final year project, but I’ll be done by Christmas. I’m always keen to explore new opportunities so feel free to keep me posted!

      I look forward to seeing what you can do with this little project.

  2. Yaron Gur says:

    Hi Steve,
    I would love to add gesture recognition to Zoom Player (www.zoomplayer.com).

    I would need a DLL wrapped version of the API in order to integrate it into Zoom Player.
    My users may be able to contribute gestures and real-life usage experience and we’ll do our best to promote your project.

    Contact me if you’re interested.

    • rymixxx says:

      Hi Yaron, I think it would be quite simple to achieve your goal in principle, but I’ve never tried it. I think the Kinect framework can be packaged up like that. I assume the user would need to install the SDK drivers though, and any other prerequisites (i.e. .NET 4).

      But…remember Microsoft’s current terms: research and educational use only. I expect this will change when the SDK is out of beta, but for now it can’t be used in a commercial product.


  3. Yaron Gur says:

    You should consider porting your code to an EventGhost plug-in.

    EventGhost is open-sourced and is not a commercial product, but it can be used to control commercial products such as Zoom Player.

  4. Samet says:

    Hi Steve, I would like to ask some detailed questions about mouse clicks on Kinect. If you write your email, I can send them. I do my thesis about this. Thank you…

  5. Pavarotti says:

    Hi Steve ,
    the project is very good , but I have a problem, when I’m running the application the video frame doesn’t work .
    Second, I have a senior project in my university in kinect SDK< and I wanna make a some thing related to gesture recognition and I have to write the code and know the algorithm my self, So can you help me in this problem ( source code , articles , websites , etc ) that help me in this subject .
    at the end, thank you very much Steve , you're genius .

    • rymixxx says:

      Did you solve your problem yet?

      For resources, check out articles on Dynamic Time Warping (DTW), Fast DTW, Hidden Markov Models (HMM), Random Decision Forests etc. Google Scholar is a good place to start. If you have access to a University library system which can search international scientific databases, you will find literally thousands of good articles/journals/papers on the above subjects. I recommend academic databases such as Science Direct or ACM Digital Library.

  6. Hi Steve,

    I’m Derrick Fargo, graphics lead at Deify Studios in the Seattle area. We are looking to connect with Kinect developers for a contracted project in the coming months. The project is great for portfolios, and will utilize the developers’ own creative genius. We would like to know if you can recommend any developer groups or businesses. Thanks and Best of Luck!

  7. Tiptree says:

    We’re struggling to understand some of the concepts and jargon here but it looks impressive. Suppose you’d feel the same way about being shown our marmalade recipes. Thanks for the mention, Tiptree

  8. celineheng says:

    hi . i have encounter this problem

    An unhandled exception of type ‘System.IO.FileNotFoundException’ occurred in Microsoft.Research.Kinect.dll
    Additional information: Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.Research.Kinect, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

    I found out that it is because \Due to my SDK Kinect driver is having the new version reference that is the Microsoft Kinect SDK Beta2 , but this project code is build by beta1, the reference .dll file is difference.

    am i right?
    what can i do ? can you help me ? is there anywhere i can dl the old reference ?
    please help me . thanks

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