Interactivity, Augmented Reality and Human-Computer Interaction

Igalia Interactivity specializes in the development of innovative ways of interacting with technology. We create immersive and engaging experiences by combining touchless, gestural and multiuser interfaces with advanced visuals and audio. The solutions we provide cover areas like art/multimedia installations, multisensorial stimulation rooms and augmented reality applications.

Technology is all around us, deeply integrated into our daily lives. However, our interaction with it is not always as natural as we would like it to be. Users are normally expected to learn how to use new technologies and adapt to them. In this scenario, we believe that the demand for simpler, more intuitive and natural interfaces will increase and accelerate in the future.

The Interactivity team at Igalia aims to help building a new generation of applications that feel more natural and fun to use. This  also includes taking technology out to the physical space, the surroundings that people already inhabit. We believe technology can and should integrate nicely and respectfully with our environment.

Current implementations and installations of the interactivity area rely in two software components specifically developed for this realm: SkelTrack and GFreenect.

SkelTrack is a Free and Open Source Software library whose goal is to provide easy to use human skeleton tracking while GFreenect is a wrapper for the Freenect library that allows controlling a Kinect device. It is written using Glib in order to ease the integration with GNOME technologies.

We are ready to hear about your specific needs, but here are some examples of how our team could help you in different scenarios:

  • For museums:

    Educative, entertaining and interactive applications can integrate into the  exposition areas to deliver a richer and more engaging experience for visitors.

  • For brands and stores:

    Advertising applications can complement your traditional campaigns and help you communicate successfully with your audience in a much direct and  powerful way.

  • For schools/education centres:

    Multi-sensorial stimulation rooms are found to be a very important complement to the traditional education programs for kids and people with disabilities, as they can significantly improve the way these people relate to others and their environment. Bringing open source to this area results in more affordable and flexible applications.

  • For geo-located content providers:

    Environment-aware augmented reality applications will make your users engage in a more natural experience, whether installed at a fixed location or delivered on the move.

  • Augmented Reality
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Products & Installations
  • Skeltrack
  • GFreenect
  • Kinect
  • OpenCV
  • Clutter

Featured Media

Skeltrack: A Free Software library for skeleton tracking
Interactive Fish Pond
Skeltrack 1.4: Jitter smoothing
Controlling GNOME 3 and playing games with Skeltrack
Experiments with Box2D



Skeltrack 0.1.8 released

Skeltrack, the Open Source library for skeleton tracking, keeps being improved here in Igalia and today we are releasing version 0.1.8. Since July we have had the valuable extra help of Iago López who is doing an internship in Igalia’s...

Igalia 20/08/2012

New contents in our web page

Our website has received a few upgrades and we updated much of the information about our work.


GUADEC’s over, time for Japan

GUADEC The last couple of week were very busy for me. Apart from having organized the GUADEC‘s keynotes (with the much appreciated help of Dave Neary and Karen), I gave two talks as mentioned in my previous post. For the Skeltrack one I was happy...


Going to GUADEC without leaving town

That’s right, this year GUADEC is taking place in the city I moved to more than 3 years ago in order to become an Igalian: A Coruña. It’s fun to see this event happening just 20 minutes walking from my place when in the previous editions I...


Interview about Skeltrack - http://t.co/5TtrM8zB #igalia #gnome at 18:18 Jul 1st 2012 by


build: Raises required version of GLib to 2.32

m configure.ac build: Raises required version of GLib to 2.32 We are using new GLib thread API introduced in 2.32, like g_mutex_init().

Eduardo Lima17/12/2012

Fix typo "circunference"

m skeltrack/skeltrack-skeleton.c Fix typo "circunference"


Fixes segfault when stopping and starting GFreenect's depth stream

m gfreenect/gfreenect-device.c Fixes segfault when stopping and starting GFreenect's depth stream It was creating the depth buffer after assigning it to libfreenect.


Merge pull request #9 from guijemont/buildfix

m gfreenect/Makefile.am Merge pull request #9 from guijemont/buildfix Fix build when freenect installed in non standard path

Eduardo Lima19/11/2012

Release 0.1.10

m configure.ac m doc/reference/skeltrack-docs.xml Release 0.1.10