Kinect in Motion-Audio and Visual Tracking by Example

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Welcome come again to another review of Kinect for windows book. You have noticed that It is been long since I wrote an article. It is because I am working on my first commercial Kinect application that I am planning to release this summer. Today I am reviewing the book by Clemente Giorio and Massimo Fascinari titled “Kinect in Motion-Audio and Visual Tracking by Example”

Introduction

Welcome come again to another review of Kinect for windows book. You have noticed that It is been long since I wrote an article. It is because I am working on my first commercial Kinect application that I am planning to release this summer. Today I am reviewing the book by Clemente Giorio and Massimo Fascinari titled “Kinect in Motion-Audio and Visual Tracking by Example

Chapter 1

The Author presented chapter one as expected. He introduced the reader to the device and explained then essential parts of the device. Like any other author I have reviewed his work , he did not number his image or rather diagrams so that he can refer to them at a later stage in the book. When referring to certain parts of the device, one need to page and go back to see what the author is referring to. Placing each part of the diagram with its title would be a better approach next time when writing a book.

All the parts of the device were explained clearly and vividly.

Chapter 2

In chapter 2 the author concentrated on using depth data and also asynchronously processing the data without locking the interaction on the UI which is a performance boost. A good demonstration.

Chapter 3

In this Chapter the author looked at skeleton tracking. The author presented clear diagrams. I did not get much of gestures as it has been coupled with the same chapter as the skeleton tracking. I feel that the gestures deserves their own chapter as they form an important part of the application.

Chapter 4

In this Chapter the author presented the speech recognition. This subject is not a complicated subject and in this book it was also handled well, the examples are simple to understand.

The Author extended the chapter with some audio stuff.

Conclusion

I review books not for the sake of promoting it, but for the sake of giving applaud the good work and also to note the parts where the author can improve if he may decide to write again. 

These are my findings on this book and I feel like the book was too short, maybe it is because the subject of Kinect has more avenues that can be explored. This ends in Chapter 4, for more it’s not enough and that is not good enough. Few important aspects was presented, it is not a good book for a beginner. A lot have been left out in this book. I am also disappointed that the book is a collaboration but it only gave us few things we can think about. Some examples were not that clear, I had to skip them while reading the book.

Regards

Vuyiswa Maseko

 

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Vuyiswamb
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Vuyiswa Junius Maseko is a Founder of Vimalsoft (Pty) Ltd (http://www.vimalsoft.com/) and a forum moderator at www.DotnetFunda. Vuyiswa has been developing for 16 years now. his major strength are C# 1.1,2.0,3.0,3.5,4.0,4.5 and vb.net and sql and his interest were in asp.net, c#, Silverlight,wpf,wcf, wwf and now his interests are in Kinect for Windows,Unity 3D. He has been using .net since the beta version of it. Vuyiswa believes that Kinect and Hololen is the next generation of computing.Thanks to people like Chris Maunder (codeproject), Colin Angus Mackay (codeproject), Dave Kreskowiak (Codeproject), Sheo Narayan (.Netfunda),Rajesh Kumar(Microsoft) They have made vuyiswa what he is today.

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