Collaborative Gesture Based Interface

This demonstration shows the use of multiple Kinect devices facilitating a multi-node collaborative space. Participants can use gestures to control all aspect of a distributed networked-based Google Earth session. Each node has a Kinect camera that tracks participants and transmits synchronous manipulation gestures to all other nodes. A central C&C server ingests and sends out commands accordingly. This synchronized control allows users at each node to take turns in “driving” Google Earth instances running at multiple locations.

Collaborative Gesture Based Interface Diagram

• A node acts as a Gesture Collaboration Server
• Clients connect to the Server
• One Client establishes itself as a Master (by using a gesture)
• Controls are sent to the server and then distributed to the clients
• Clients translate controls into commands to synchronously operate the application

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