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Get Palm Hand Region from Binary Image on C# EmguCV

, 15 Aug 2012 CPOL
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Get Palm Hand Region from Binary Image of Hand on EmguCV


Get the palm hand region using convexity defect. Convexity defect is used to detect the base of a finger. 

Output: The original region of palm hand or circle region of the palm. Circle region is often used on palm hand recognition to support hand rotation.

Input: binary image, so you need to do segmentation first. 


This process runs based on the convexity defect method. (Source: ) 

  1. First, it finds the hull of the object; in the image, the hull is the red line. 
  2. Then from the hull, it finds the convexity defect. 
  3. Convexity defect consist of four elements:
    • start points: points where the defect begin  
    • end points: points where the defect end  
    • depth points: points that are farthest from the hull within the defect (between its start point and depth point)   
    • distance: distance between depth point to the hull  
  4. From every depth point we treat it as the boundary of the palm. Depth point should be on the palm region, but often depth points are detected on the finger. So, I use some parameter to  filter the depth point that is detected on the finger based on its distance. 
  5. After I filter the depth points, I draw it to the image.  

Using the code 

To use this code, you just simply create the object from the class palmHandSegmentation. Here is the example:

palmHandSegmentation PHS = new palmHandSegmentation(); 
Image<Gray, byte> binaryHandImage = new Image<Gray, byte>("img/hand1.bmp"); // load the image 
Image<Gray, byte> palmOfHand = PHS.getPalm(binaryHandImage);  // get the palm of the hand 
Image<Gray, byte> circlePalmOfHand = PHS.getCirclePalm(binaryHandImage);  // get the circle region of the palm

You can also make adjustments on the parameter. The parameters are on the class palmHandSegmentation on the file 'palmHandSegmentation.cs'.

These parameters you can make adjustments on 'palmHandSegmentation.cs': 

// adjust this to find best distance to detect finger
double minimumDistanceDepthPointToEndPointRatio = 0.15;
double circleRadiusMultiplier = 1.1; // adjust this to set your circle size


To create the circle region, I use a minimum enclosing circle from the depth points, then I take its center to create a new circle with the same center and radius that is from the distance from the center to the contour_of the hand. You can also obtain the center by computing the central moment from the palm region. 


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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Shulha Yahya
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