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OpenNI Cookbook

By : Soroush Falahati
Book Image

OpenNI Cookbook

By: Soroush Falahati

Overview of this book

The release of Microsoft Kinect, then PrimeSense Sensor, and Asus Xtion opened new doors for developers to interact with users, re-design their application’s UI, and make them environment (context) aware. For this purpose, developers need a good framework which provides a complete application programming interface (API), and OpenNI is the first choice in this field. This book introduces the new version of OpenNI. "OpenNI Cookbook" will show you how to start developing a Natural Interaction UI for your applications or games with high level APIs and at the same time access RAW data from different sensors of different hardware supported by OpenNI using low level APIs. It also deals with expanding OpenNI by writing new modules and expanding applications using different OpenNI compatible middleware, including NITE. "OpenNI Cookbook" favors practical examples over plain theory, giving you a more hands-on experience to help you learn. OpenNI Cookbook starts with information about installing devices and retrieving RAW data from them, and then shows how to use this data in applications. You will learn how to access a device or how to read data from it and show them using OpenGL, or use middleware (especially NITE) to track and recognize users, hands, and guess the skeleton of a person in front of a device, all through examples.You also learn about more advanced aspects such as how to write a simple module or middleware for OpenNI itself. "OpenNI Cookbook" shows you how to start and experiment with both NIUI designs and OpenNI itself using examples.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
OpenNI Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Accessing video streams (depth/IR/RGB) and configuring them

In OpenNI 2 there is only one class that is responsible for giving us access to the output of all video-based sensors (depth/IR/RGB) that have made our work very simple compared to the OpenNI 1.x era, where we needed to use three different classes to access sensors. In this recipe we will show you how to access the depth sensor and initialize it. For accessing the IR sensor and RGB sensor we need to follow the same procedure that we will discuss more in the How It Works… section of this recipe. We will show you how to select an output video mode for a sensor too. Also we will show you how to ask a device to see if an output is supported or not.

We will not cover other configurable properties of the openni::VideoStream class including cropping and mirroring in this recipe; read Chapter 4, More about Low-level Outputs about this topic.

Getting ready

Create a project in Visual Studio 2010 and prepare it for working with OpenNI using the...