Programmers Can Transform Any Webcam Into Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft might have pulled the plug on their Kinect sensor for Xbox, but the motion tracking technology behind it still exists. It has inspired advanced biometrics tech like the Face ID on iPhone X, Apple bought the company called PrimeSense which created Kinect technology.

Now, a programmer duo Or Fleisher and Dror Ayalon have worked out a similar tech that can add motion tracking capabilities to almost any webcam with the help of machine learning. For their project called Skeletron, they used Google’s open source library TensorFlow and the game engine Unity.

The task that the system can do justifies its name. “Skeletron is a system that predicts joints and human skeleton position in 3d from real-time video taken by any (cheap) RGB camera, such as a webcam,” writes Ayalon.

“The system sends the data about the position of the human body to Unity” which can “allow engineers, artists, and creative technologists to use it to develop digital experiences.”

Their experimental project might not have out of the world technology, but it does its job of identifying human movements in real time in 3D without any sensors. And considering its price (a cheap open source software and low-cost webcam), it could be an alternative to expensive motion tracking solutions which need powerful processors and advanced sensors.

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Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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