Augmented Reality with Kinect
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Microsoft Kinect changes the notion of user interface design. It differs from most other user input controllers as it enables users to interact with the program without touching the mouse or a trackpad. It utilizes motion sensing technology and all it needs is a real-time cameras, tracked skeletons, and gestures.

Augmented Reality with Kinect will help you get into the world of Microsoft Kinect programming with the C/C++ language. The book will cover the installation, image streaming, skeleton and face tracking, multi-touch cursors and gesture emulation. Finally, you will end up with a complete Kinect-based game.

Augmented Reality with Kinect will help you get into the world of Kinect programming, with a few interesting recipes and a relatively complete example. The book will introduce the following topics: the installation and initialization of Kinect applications; capturing color and depth images; obtaining skeleton and face tracking data; emulating multi-touch cursors and gestures; and developing a complete game using Kinect features.

The book is divided in such a way so as to ensure that each topic is given the right amount of focus. Beginners will start from the first chapter and build up to developing their own applications.


This book is a mini tutorial with plenty of code examples and strategies to give you many options when building your own applications.

Who this book is for

This book is meant for readers who are familiar with C/C++ programming and want to write simple programs with Kinect. The standard template library can also be used as it is simple enough to understand.

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Augmented Reality with Kinect

Copyright © 2013 Packt Publishing
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First published: July 2013
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Rui Wang
Ricard Borràs Navarra
Vangos Pterneas
Acquisition Editor
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Commissioning Editors
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About the Author

Rui Wang is a Software Engineer at Beijing Crystal Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Crystal CG), in charge of the new media interactive application design and development. He wrote a Chinese book called OpenSceneGraph Design and Implementation in 2009. He also wrote the book OpenSceneGraph 3.0 Beginner's Guide in 2010 and OpenSceneGraph 3.0 Cookbook in 2012, both of which are published by Packt Publishing and co-authored by Xuelei Qian. In his spare time he also writes novels and is a guitar lover.

About the Reviewers

Ricard Borràs Navarra has always been working around computer vision and machine learning. He started creating machines that apply pattern recognition to quality assortment in the cork production industry. Later, he applied these techniques for human tracking in complex scenarios, creating audience measurement, and people-counter solutions for retail stores.
With the eruption of Kinect, he started working on and deploying augmented reality interactive applications based on this great device. These applications were targeted at the marketing and retail sectors.
All these projects were developed by him as an Inspecta ( employee. Also, Ricard has developed several freelance projects based on augmented reality.
Vangos Pterneas is a professional Software Engineer, passionate about natural user interfaces. He has been a Kinect enthusiast ever since the release of the very first unofficial SDKs and has already published a couple of commercial Kinect applications.
He has worked for Microsoft Innovation Center as a .NET developer and consultant and he's now running his own company...

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Citation styles for Augmented Reality with Kinect
APA 6 Citation
Wang, R. (2013). Augmented Reality with Kinect (1st ed.). Packt Publishing. Retrieved from (Original work published 2013)
Chicago Citation
Wang, Rui. (2013) 2013. Augmented Reality with Kinect. 1st ed. Packt Publishing.
Harvard Citation
Wang, R. (2013) Augmented Reality with Kinect. 1st edn. Packt Publishing. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Wang, Rui. Augmented Reality with Kinect. 1st ed. Packt Publishing, 2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.