Art & Technology, Electronic Music & Sound Design
You can get kinect data into max through Jean-Marc Pelletier’s jit.freenect.grab object –
This will give you the rgb camera image, and also the depth map. This is very cool, but only the first step of what you (and I) want to do. It seems that the body/skeleton tracking part of the kinect interface is done in software, not by the kinect hardware itself. It seems to be very sophisticated (reliant on an enormous database of body data), and would be very hard to reverse engineer I suspect.
The good news is that PrimeSense – mentioned by sandroid and the originators of the technogies used by the kinect, have made this software available. It’s called NITE –