Design and Development of Kinect-Based Technology-Enhanced Teaching Classroom

  • Soon Nyean Cheong
  • Wen Jiun Yap
  • Rajasvaran Logeswaran
  • Ian Chai
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 181)


This paper presents an innovative use of the Kinect camera in designing a cost effective technology-enhanced teaching classroom consisting of a multi-touch interactive whiteboard and a teaching station. The design principle of the system is based on the capability of Kinect to send a fixed speckle pattern towards a plane, track the reflected IR sources in real time, undertake the necessary processing and finally achieve an interactive multi-touch surface. The classroom can operate with either existing teaching applications or the customized Multi-touch Teaching Module. The Teaching Module allows instructors to manipulate teaching content such as animations, streaming video lectures, schematic diagrams and so on more naturally through supported hand gestures such as panning, rotating, zooming in and out, etc. When the classroom is operating with existing teaching applications, instructors can intuitively interact with teaching content using their fingers on the large projected display or on the table surface, instead of relying on a mouse and keyboard. Initial evaluation results of the technology-enhanced teaching classroom by lecturers show positive feedback over standard computers as it is much easier to operate. The cost-effective technology-enhanced classroom is able to provide similar features offered by commercially available interactive whiteboards or multi-touch teaching stations and could be adopted as an alternative in a budget restricted environment.


Kinect camera Multi-touch Interactive Whiteboard Multi-touch Teaching Station 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soon Nyean Cheong
    • 1
  • Wen Jiun Yap
    • 1
  • Rajasvaran Logeswaran
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ian Chai
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringMultimedia UniversityCyberjayaMalaysia
  2. 2.School of Engineering, Science & TechnologyNilai University CollegeNilaiMalaysia

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