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Virtual Datagloves: Interacting with Virtual Environments Through Computer Vision

Bowden, R, Heap, T and Hart, C (1996) Virtual Datagloves: Interacting with Virtual Environments Through Computer Vision In: 3rd UK VR-Sig Conference, 1996-07-03 - 1996-07-03, DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK.

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This paper outlines a system design and implementation of a 3D input device for graphical applications. It is shown how computer vision can be used to track a users movements within the image frame allowing interaction with 3D worlds and objects. Point Distribution Models (PDMs) have been shown to be successful at tracking deformable objects. This system demonstrates how these ‘smart snakes’ can be used in real time with real world applications, demonstrating how computer vision can provide a low cost, intuitive interface that has few hardware constraints. The compact mathematical model behind the PDM allows simple static gesture recognition to be performed providing the means to communicate with an application. It is shown how movement of both the hand and face can be used to drive 3D engines. The system is based upon Open Inventor and designed for use with Silicon Graphics Indy Workstations but allowances have been made to facilitate the inclusion of the tracker within third party applications. The reader is also provided with an insight into the next generation of HCI and Multimedia. Access to this work can be gained through the above web address.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Subjects : Computing
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Computing Science
Authors :
Bowden, R
Heap, T
Hart, C
Date : July 1996
Contributors :
Hand, C
Uncontrolled Keywords : Desktop VR, HCI, Computer Vision, PDM, VRML
Related URLs :
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Oct 2016 11:09
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:52

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