Database Indexing Methods for 3D Hand Pose Estimation
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Estimation of 3D hand pose is useful in many gesture recognition applications, ranging from human-computer interaction to automated recognition of sign languages. In this paper, 3D hand pose estimation is treated as a database indexing problem. Given an input image of a hand, the most similar images in a large database of hand images are retrieved. The hand pose parameters of the retrieved images are used as estimates for the hand pose in the input image. Lipschitz embeddings of edge images into a Euclidean space are used to improve the efficiency of database retrieval. In order to achieve interactive retrieval times, similarity queries are initially performed in this Euclidean space. The paper describes ongoing work that focuses on how to best choose reference images, in order to improve retrieval accuracy.