Matlab Code for Hand Tracking

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Matlab Code for Hand Tracking


Hand Tracking is a great application that gets most of its attention in recent times. Hand tracking can be used in many applications like gesture interactions, robotic arms and etc. This project proposes a real-time hand tracking algorithm using skin tone segmentation. We use the viola jones algorithm to detect face and skin color is detected from the cropped image. Image segmentation is performed using skin color on the whole frame and finally, hand is segmented from the final background subtracted image. This approach is relatively insensitive to the background, achieving robust tracking performance in real-time.

System Analysis

   Existing Systems

  • Principal Component Analysis
  • DCT  and shape features

Drawbacks of Exisitng System

  • High Computational load and poor discriminatory power.
  • slow training for a large feature set.
  • Less accuracy in classification

Proposed Method

  • Pre-processing 
  • Clustering 
  • Feature matching


  • The segmentation algorithm Proves to be simple and effective
  • The greyscale Co-occurrence matrix performed well 
  • Better texture and edge representation 
  • Segmentation provides better clustering efficiency

Block Diagram 

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Matlab Code for Hand Tracking

Hardware Requirements

  • system
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB of Hard disk

Software Requirement

  • MATLAB 2014a

Matlab Code for Hand Tracking


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