Syyn Labs Workshop: Computer Vision & Kinect Hacking

  • Posted on: 16 January 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes
Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 12:00 to 16:00

Syyn LabsWHAT: You can gaze longingly into your robot's eyes... but does it gaze back? Computers can perceive the visual world through special cameras, and by employing algorithms and techniques generally known as "computer vision." In this workshop, you'll learn some basic computer vision techniques which you can use to make interactive art, perceptive robots, or just fun games.

Registrations and payment are being handled by Syyn Labs. Sign up at

WHO: If you've ever wanted to try your hand at "Kinect hacking," but you have no previous experience with computer vision, then this workshop is for you. However... Computer vision is a sophisticated topic, and should not be undertaken as a first programming pursuit. You should be comfortable writing code in a language like C, C++, Java, or Python.

WHERE: Droplabs is a collaborative hackerspace and coworking / event space located at 651 Clover St., Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Google map). When entering the parking lot, park anywhere in the main lot and follow the yellow signs pointing to Droplabs.

REQUIREMENTS: Personal laptop - also, please complete this survey so Eric can tailor the class accordingly:

Workshop Description

Using the Kinect camera as both a "color camera" and as a "depth camera," we'll explore such arcane topics as:

  • What's a pixel, anyway?
  • Thresholding
  • Color spaces
  • Contour finding
  • Blobs and their ilk
  • Geometric transformations
  • Image drawing
  • Specialized cameras

NOTE: WORKSHOP BEGINS AT 12pm SHARP! You can arrive as early as 11:30am to setup.

More About the Teacher

Eric Gradman, Lead Engineer / Syyn Labs Eric Gradman, Lead Engineer / Syyn Labs

Eric Gradman is a founding member of Syyn Labs. As a roboticist and interactive artist, he has developed computer vision software for such disparate applications as military robots and sock-puppet karaoke machines.

His computer-vision-based art has been seen in museums and at events far and wide.

Check out his work at

About Syyn Labs

Coined "The League of Extraordinary Nerds" by Fast Company Magazine, Syyn Labs is a Los Angeles-based organization that fuses the worlds of technology and interactive sciences with artistic mediums to design and construct visually dynamic spectacles that inspire thought and provoke conversation.

Boasting 30+ members, deriving from varied fields of study in the worlds of technology, engineering, computer science, robotics, architecture, science, performing arts and more, Syyn Labs first gained notoriety for their production of OK GO's award-winning, viral video “The Too Shall Pass” that has garnered over 30 million hits. Syyn Labs has since been commissioned to cultivate multi-faceted programs for Google, Sears, Disney XD, LACMA, Wonka, Microsoft, Target and Endemol USA, to name a few.