International Symposium on Visual Computing

Advances in Visual Computing pp 586-598

Efficient Hand Articulations Tracking Using Adaptive Hand Model and Depth Map

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27857-5_53

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9474)
Cite this paper as:
Kang B., Lee Y., Q. Nguyen T. (2015) Efficient Hand Articulations Tracking Using Adaptive Hand Model and Depth Map. In: Bebis G. et al. (eds) Advances in Visual Computing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9474. Springer, Cham


Real-time hand articulations tracking is important for many applications such as interacting with virtual/augmented reality devices. However, most of existing algorithms highly rely on expensive and high power-consuming GPUs to achieve real-time processing. Consequently, these systems are inappropriate for mobile and wearable devices. In this paper, we propose an efficient hand tracking system which does not require high performance GPUs.

In our system, we track hand articulations by minimizing discrepancy between depth map from sensor and computer-generated hand model. We also re-initialize hand pose at each frame using finger detection and classification. Our contributions are: (a) propose adaptive hand model to consider different hand shapes of users without generating personalized hand model; (b) improve the highly efficient re-initialization for robust tracking and automatic initialization; (c) propose hierarchical random sampling of pixels from each depth map to improve tracking accuracy while limiting required computations. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first system that achieves both automatic hand model adjustment and real-time tracking without using GPUs.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUC San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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