Science teachers have a new and exciting tool for education as Kinect makes it possible for users to view a “Magic Mirror” in order to know more about the Human Anatomy. Two Members of the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures and Augmented Reality, Tobias Blum and Nassir Navab, released this video demonstrating the capability of the Kinect to track the framework of users and then “generate an overlay” of the Human Anatomy. This makes it possible for the user to view a skeletal frame in real-time, making it seem like they are looking at an X-rayed version of themselves.

The Kinect’s properties enabled the developers to provide color and depth to the program. After which, OpenNI and PrimeSense NITE were the kits used to detect and trace the basic skeletal frame of the user. The developers then “registered a CT dataset to the skeleton and did an Augmented Reality overlay of the CT and the person” to achieve the desired “Magic Mirror” effect. One thing to note , the skeleton in the image is NOT the person’s real skeletal image. Rather, it is a pre-existing image overlay.

For more detailed information about this program, visit the program’s website. The code is yet to be made available but once it’s live, expect to see it here at


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