Camera based motion recognition for mobile interaction

Hannuksela, Jari, Barnard, Mark, Sangi, Pekka and Heikkilä, Janne (2011) Camera based motion recognition for mobile interaction. ISRN Signal Processing, 2011, p. 425621. ISSN (print) 2090-5041


Multiple built-in cameras and the small size of mobile phones are underexploited assets for creating novel applications that are ideal for pocket size devices, butmay notmakemuch sense with laptops. In this paper we present two vision-basedmethods for the control of mobile user interfaces based on motion tracking and recognition. In the first case the motion is extracted by estimating the movement of the device held in the user’s hand. In the second it is produced from tracking the motion of the user’s finger in front of the device. In both alternatives sequences of motion are classified using Hidden Markov Models. The results of the classification are filtered using a likelihood ratio and the velocity entropy to reject possibly incorrect sequences. Our hypothesis here is that incorrect measurements are characterised by a higher entropy value for their velocity histogram denotingmore random movements by the user. We also show that using the same filtering criteria we can control unsupervised Maximum A Posteriori adaptation. Experiments conducted on a recognition task involving simple control gestures formobile phones clearly demonstrate the potential usage of our approaches and may provide for ingredients for new user interface designs.

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