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6. Body Tracking

Vangos Pterneas1  
New York City, NY, USA

Depth cameras have many practical, real-world applications, from 3D object scanning to environment understanding, to Augmented Reality. Since 2009, though, Kinect has been famous for one thing: human body tracking.

Human body tracking revolutionized the way people interacted with computers and opened a world of possibilities. Body tracking is the ability to detect skeleton joints using depth or color image data. The Kinect technology can identify the coordinates of the points that belong to a specific person and output their positions in 3D. Why is this information so important? ...

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