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Using Multiple Kinects to Build Larger Multi-Surface Environments

Date: 2013-09-16

Multi-surface environments integrate a wide variety of different devices such as mobile phones, tablets, digital tabletops and large wall displays into a single interactive environment. The interactions in these environments are extremely diverse and should utilize the spatial layout of the room, capabilities of the device, or both. For practical multi-surface environments, using low-cost instrumentation is essential to reduce entry barriers. When building multi-surface environments and interactions based on lower-end tracking systems (such as the Microsoft Kinect) as opposed to higher-end tracking systems (such as the Vicon Motion Tracking systems), both developer and hardware issues emerge. Issues such as time and ease to build a multi-surface environment, limited range of low-cost tracking systems, are reasons we created MSE-API.