- Double click caffe.sln (under caffe folder) to open the visual studio solution. It will load all the source code.
- The main function is in rtpose.cpp file. It calls other functions.
Although Kinect can do body tracking real time, it cannot tell whether a person in the view is facing or showing back to the camera. So in practice, this shortcoming will restrict the popularity in applications that user may turn around. Besides that, Kinect cannot detect the joints very accurately. While top-down common approaches can handle user turn around and the accuracy is higher than Kinect, but the computing cost is very high. To address these, I use a deep learning method to track human body and extract the main joints information. By using deep learning, I can get more accurate joints location than Kinect and less computing cost than common top-down approaches.
The whole system contains 3 main components: Reading data from Kinect, Process 2D color image with deep learning to get joints, Render the result with OpenGL. I setup the whole system on a desktop with 32GB RAM memory, GTX 1070 with GPU capability 6.1. To run Caffe, the graphic card at least has GPU capability 3.0. The operating system is 64-bits Windows 10. With this configuration, the system can process 3~4 frames per second. If there are more than one GPU device or more powerful GPU, the performance can be improved.
The system get streaming data from Kinect. From Kinect, we can get RGB color image, depth image and mask image for each frame. The color image is used to detect joints. The depth image is pixel to pixel coordinated with the color image. So the detected joints will be on the same position in the depth image. The depth image can be converted to 3D points cloud and then be converted to a 3D mesh. Finally the 3D mesh with detected joints will be rendered by OpenGL. To make the system efficient, I can only convert the human subject to 3D mesh according to the mask image.
The deep learning part is using https://github.com/CMU-Perceptual-Computing-Lab/caffe_rtpose Build caffe on Windows refers to https://initialneil.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/build-caffe-in-windows-with-visual-studio-2013-cuda-6-5-opencv-2-4-9/ , if you miss some third party libraries, please go to the above link and download the compiled libs.