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MIME: a gesture-driven computer interface
Author(s): Daniel Heckenberg; Brian Lovell
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Paper Abstract

MIME (Mime Is Manual Expression) is a computationally efficient computer video system for recognizing hand gestures. The system is intended to replace the mouse interface on a standard personal computer to control application software in a more intuitive manner. The system is implemented in C code with no hardware-acceleration and tracks hand motion at 30 fps on a standard PC. Using a simple 2D model of the human hand, MIME employs a highly- efficient, single-pass algorithm to segment the hand and extract its model parameters from each frame in the video input. The hand is tracked from one frame to the next using a constant-acceleration Kalman filter. Tracking and feature extraction is remarkably fast and robust even when the hand is placed above difficult backdrops such as a typical cluttered desktop environment. Because of the efficient coding of the gesture tracking software, adequate CPU power remains to run standard application software such as web browsers and presentation software.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4067, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2000, (30 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386641
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Daniel Heckenberg, Univ. of Queensland (Australia)
Brian Lovell, Univ. of Queensland (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4067:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2000
King N. Ngan; Thomas Sikora; Ming-Ting Sun, Editor(s)

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