Thursday, January 27, 2011

Best Of Web Video: Kinect-Controlled Robot

From New Scientist:

Our top video this month is a robot controlled with a Microsoft Kinect game controller

Microsoft Kinect's game controllers have been popular with hackers since their launch in November last year. The sophisticated depth-sensing camera can detect your gestures from afar, typically to play video games. But we've seen it hacked to control a digital bird, morph an image and even to apply digital clothing to a topless man (watch these hacks here). Now developer Taylor Veltrop has used the system to control a small humanoid robot (see video above). The camera recognises a person's arm movements and turns them into commands for the robot, allowing it to mimic them.

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