Robot uses an Xbox 360 Kinect system to see the world

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I’m sure many of you have seen and heard of the amazing hacks people are performing with the new Xbox 360 Kinect system, but this one particularly drew my attention, possibly due to my own interests in robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence.

Philipp Robbel – a PhD student at MIT – has taken an iRobot Create platform and a Kinect 3D sensor to create a robot that can see it’s surroundings and obey gestured commands. It creates detailed 3D maps of its surroundings and wirelessly sends them to a computer. Using the Kinect sensor it can also detect nearby humans and track their movements to understand where they want the robot to go.

Apparently for Philipp this was a weekend hacking project, however I can see this having a large impact on the field of computer vision and robotics. He is already considering the possibility of his robot being used as part of a swarm in aid of disaster relief for finding trapped survivors and obeying their commands to find other victims.

There is a possibility that the software package developed and customised by Philipp will be available for download soon allowing others to discover even more possibilities.

The Kinect sensor is looking like a great piece of robotics kit for only £130.

Have a look at Philipp Robbel’s robot in action

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