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OpenNI Cookbook

By : Soroush Falahati
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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

Event-based reading of hands' data

In the preceding recipes, we use a while loop to read frames of data from nite::HandTracker. This is not a good idea since this will block our application and even the while loop itself until new data becomes available. Fortunately, NiTE has given us this ability to introduce a class/struct with a method in it to be called when a new frame of data becomes available. So our application can do what we want it to do and, when new data becomes available, we can read it without busying our main application thread. In this recipe, we will show you how to use this feature.

Getting ready

Create a project in Visual Studio and prepare it for working with OpenNI and NiTE using the Create a project in Visual Studio 2010 recipe in Chapter 2, OpenNI and C++.

How to do it...

  1. Copy ReadLastCharOfLine() and HandleStatus()from the first recipe of this chapter to the top of your source code (just below the #include lines).

  2. Define the hTrackerNewFrameListener structure (or class...