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Web GIS in practice X: a Microsoft Kinect natural user interface for Google Earth navigation.

Boulos MN, Blanchard BJ, Walker C, Montero J, Tripathy A, Gutierrez-Osuna R - Int J Health Geogr (2011)

Bottom Line: The different software drivers available for connecting the Kinect device to a PC (Personal Computer) are also covered, and their comparative pros and cons briefly discussed.We survey a number of approaches and application examples for controlling 3-D virtual globes using the Kinect sensor, then describe Kinoogle, a Kinect interface for natural interaction with Google Earth, developed by students at Texas A&M University.Readers interested in trying out the application on their own hardware can download a Zip archive (included with the manuscript as additional files 1, 2, &3) that contains a 'Kinnogle installation package for Windows PCs'.

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This paper covers the use of depth sensors such as Microsoft Kinect and ASUS Xtion to provide a natural user interface (NUI) for controlling 3-D (three-dimensional) virtual globes such as Google Earth (including its Street View mode), Bing Maps 3D, and NASA World Wind. The paper introduces the Microsoft Kinect device, briefly describing how it works (the underlying technology by PrimeSense), as well as its market uptake and application potential beyond its original intended purpose as a home entertainment and video game controller. The different software drivers available for connecting the Kinect device to a PC (Personal Computer) are also covered, and their comparative pros and cons briefly discussed. We survey a number of approaches and application examples for controlling 3-D virtual globes using the Kinect sensor, then describe Kinoogle, a Kinect interface for natural interaction with Google Earth, developed by students at Texas A&M University. Readers interested in trying out the application on their own hardware can download a Zip archive (included with the manuscript as additional files 1, 2, &3) that contains a 'Kinnogle installation package for Windows PCs'. Finally, we discuss some usability aspects of Kinoogle and similar NUIs for controlling 3-D virtual globes (including possible future improvements), and propose a number of unique, practical 'use scenarios' where such NUIs could prove useful in navigating a 3-D virtual globe, compared to conventional mouse/3-D mouse and keyboard-based interfaces.

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Poses required to switch among sub-modes. (a) To enter Rotate Mode, the user holds his/her right hand up and moves his/her left hand to his/her left. (b) To enter Tilt Mode, the user holds his/her left hand up and moves his/her right hand to his/her right. (c) To enter Pan/Zoom Mode, the user holds both hands to the side. (d) To reset the map, the user holds both hands up at the same level as his/her head. (e) The touchdown pose is used to calibrate Kinoogle for Street View.
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Figure 10: Poses required to switch among sub-modes. (a) To enter Rotate Mode, the user holds his/her right hand up and moves his/her left hand to his/her left. (b) To enter Tilt Mode, the user holds his/her left hand up and moves his/her right hand to his/her right. (c) To enter Pan/Zoom Mode, the user holds both hands to the side. (d) To reset the map, the user holds both hands up at the same level as his/her head. (e) The touchdown pose is used to calibrate Kinoogle for Street View.

Mentions: 4. Reset Map/Historical Maps: The map can be reset by un-engaging both hands and bringing them up to the same level as user's head; see Figure 10(d). This will also set up the Historical Maps sub-mode by moving the cursor to the time period selector. To change the time period, the user engages one hand and moves the slider to the desired time period. Note that the available time periods will change depending on the area being viewed. When entering the Historical Maps sub-mode, the map's tilt and rotation angles will be reset.


Web GIS in practice X: a Microsoft Kinect natural user interface for Google Earth navigation.

Boulos MN, Blanchard BJ, Walker C, Montero J, Tripathy A, Gutierrez-Osuna R - Int J Health Geogr (2011)

Poses required to switch among sub-modes. (a) To enter Rotate Mode, the user holds his/her right hand up and moves his/her left hand to his/her left. (b) To enter Tilt Mode, the user holds his/her left hand up and moves his/her right hand to his/her right. (c) To enter Pan/Zoom Mode, the user holds both hands to the side. (d) To reset the map, the user holds both hands up at the same level as his/her head. (e) The touchdown pose is used to calibrate Kinoogle for Street View.
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Figure 10: Poses required to switch among sub-modes. (a) To enter Rotate Mode, the user holds his/her right hand up and moves his/her left hand to his/her left. (b) To enter Tilt Mode, the user holds his/her left hand up and moves his/her right hand to his/her right. (c) To enter Pan/Zoom Mode, the user holds both hands to the side. (d) To reset the map, the user holds both hands up at the same level as his/her head. (e) The touchdown pose is used to calibrate Kinoogle for Street View.
Mentions: 4. Reset Map/Historical Maps: The map can be reset by un-engaging both hands and bringing them up to the same level as user's head; see Figure 10(d). This will also set up the Historical Maps sub-mode by moving the cursor to the time period selector. To change the time period, the user engages one hand and moves the slider to the desired time period. Note that the available time periods will change depending on the area being viewed. When entering the Historical Maps sub-mode, the map's tilt and rotation angles will be reset.

Bottom Line: The different software drivers available for connecting the Kinect device to a PC (Personal Computer) are also covered, and their comparative pros and cons briefly discussed.We survey a number of approaches and application examples for controlling 3-D virtual globes using the Kinect sensor, then describe Kinoogle, a Kinect interface for natural interaction with Google Earth, developed by students at Texas A&M University.Readers interested in trying out the application on their own hardware can download a Zip archive (included with the manuscript as additional files 1, 2, &3) that contains a 'Kinnogle installation package for Windows PCs'.

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ABSTRACT
This paper covers the use of depth sensors such as Microsoft Kinect and ASUS Xtion to provide a natural user interface (NUI) for controlling 3-D (three-dimensional) virtual globes such as Google Earth (including its Street View mode), Bing Maps 3D, and NASA World Wind. The paper introduces the Microsoft Kinect device, briefly describing how it works (the underlying technology by PrimeSense), as well as its market uptake and application potential beyond its original intended purpose as a home entertainment and video game controller. The different software drivers available for connecting the Kinect device to a PC (Personal Computer) are also covered, and their comparative pros and cons briefly discussed. We survey a number of approaches and application examples for controlling 3-D virtual globes using the Kinect sensor, then describe Kinoogle, a Kinect interface for natural interaction with Google Earth, developed by students at Texas A&M University. Readers interested in trying out the application on their own hardware can download a Zip archive (included with the manuscript as additional files 1, 2, &3) that contains a 'Kinnogle installation package for Windows PCs'. Finally, we discuss some usability aspects of Kinoogle and similar NUIs for controlling 3-D virtual globes (including possible future improvements), and propose a number of unique, practical 'use scenarios' where such NUIs could prove useful in navigating a 3-D virtual globe, compared to conventional mouse/3-D mouse and keyboard-based interfaces.

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