KinEmote brings hand shape recognition to Kinect

Top Quote April 29th 20011, San Diego, CA. Lateral Flux, Inc release KinEmote Palm Click & Drag (PCD) Engine bringing hand shape recognition to XBox Kinect and openNI cameras. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 30, 2011 - The creators of the groundbreaking KinEmote software that allowed PC users to easily use a Kinect camera with popular Windows applications are back with yet another advance in the Kinect hacking field. This time they have pushed the Kinect way beyond it's original scope of simply recognizing basic body movements to allow actual real-time hand shape recognition.

    "We wanted to create a Kinect tool with real precision that allowed for much finer control of on-screen interactions." says Lateral Flux CEO Joel Griffin Dodd, "We fused together two separate technologies to create the PCD Engine. OpenNI software provides the location of a user's hand in 3D space which is then sent to a computer vision algorithm that monitors the area for changes in the shape of the hand. By combining these two techniques we can provide exceptionally precise clicking and dragging of objects in any virtual or desktop environment."

    "We wanted to thank the KinEmote community for being so patient for this release," says Griffin Dodd, "we've been spending a lot of time pursuing investor funding and talking to industry partners while trying to continue to serve the users, it's been a busy few months."

    The free Windows beta of the KinEmote PCD Engine is available for download at the KinEmote community web site which is the home to over 5,000 registered KinEmote users . KinEmote software is free to use for personal, educational and non-profit users seeking to explore the infinite possibilities of Kinect and openNI cameras.

    A promotional video of KinEmote PCD Engine can be seen here on YouTube:

    Lateral Flux, Inc. is a San Diego based tech think tank specializing in technology concept development.

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