Haarcascades training (haartraining) is seemed an quick tool to achieve accurate hand gesture detection and recognition. The face and body detection examples included in openCV’s installation example folders (\opencv\data\haarcascades\) demonstrate how fast the haarcascades files help to do the job. More information about how to train the haarcascades files can go to sonots.com.
Many face-image databases have been provided for haarcascades training, e.g. http://www.face-rec.org/databases/. But hand images are less contributed for haarcascades training. At least, these are more difficult than face images to find in the internet. I was also asked by many blog readers for the haarcascades training file to support their hand detection or recognition related projects.
So I post an example of using haarcascades training file 1256617233-1-haarcascade_hand.xml for hand gesture detection.
The source codes can be downloaded from (or go to the download page):
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