Efficient Hand Segmentation and Fingertip Detection Using Color Features of Skin and Fingernail

Yaming WANG  Jiansheng CHEN  Guangda SU  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E96-D   No.8   pp.1894-1897
Publication Date: 2013/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E96.D.1894
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Image Recognition, Computer Vision
Keyword: 
hand segmentation,  color space,  color temperature,  fingertip detection,  fingernail,  

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Summary: 
In this paper, we design a new color space YUskin Vskin from YUV color space, based on the principle of skin color with respect to the change of color temperature. Compared with previous work, this color space proved to be the optimal color space for hand segmentation with linear thresholds. We also propose a novel fingertip detection method based on the concomitance between finger and fingernail. The two techniques together improve the performance of hand contour and fingertip extraction in hand gesture recognition.