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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

Configuring Visual Studio 2010 to use OpenGL

As we need to show the result of the color, IR, and/or depth sensors to the user, we must use an interface. Here we choose to use OpenGL to show data to the user because it is multiplatformed and you can convert your code to other platforms easily later on, if you want to. OpenNI's samples use OpenGL too. But you can also go for DirectX or other types of interfaces capable of displaying 2D images, such as Graphics Device Interface (GDI).

Follow this recipe to add OpenGL to a Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 C++ project.

Getting ready

Create and configure a project using the Creating a project in Visual Studio 2010 recipe of Chapter 2, Open NI and C++.

In this recipe we used the OpenGL Utility Toolkit to make working with OpenGL easier. You can download the GLUT library and header files from this website or use the file in this chapter's downloadable content. Unfortunately, the official site offers 32-Bit binaries only which can be downloaded...