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How to Implement and Test Body Position Recognition with Microsoft Kinect

Since Microsoft released its Microsoft Kinect Software Development Kit (SDK) in June 2011, it is possible for everyone to implement gesture based interaction interfaces with the help of the Kinect sensor. Because I believe that this kind of new forms of human computer interaction (HCI) is emerging in the future also in the field of enterprise applications, together with a friend I started implementing a simple client which recognizes basic body positions. My friend was laughing when I created a test class as the first step and he claimed that my beloved Test Driven Development (TDD) approach would not work this time. This article shall show how easy it is to identify the user’s body position with the Microsoft Kinect and proof that my friend was wrong.

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