Microsoft Kinect is an amazing piece of technology and folks at MIT seem to know that. Their Personal Robots Group has been working on a new iRobot Create platform that will use Kinect to study the robot’s neighborhood for 3D map processing. Additionally, with Kinect’s already sophisticated human gesture tracking system, the robot can now understand human gestures and can navigate accordingly.
Check out the video below. As noted, the iRobot Create platform has been built with an Atom powered embedded computer, a Hokuyo URG-04LX range finder and a Kinect connected to an external Li-Poly battery.
The possibilities for such a system to be developed into more sophisticated systems are endless. Of course, camera based 3D mapping is not entirely a new phenomenon. But with Kinect, Microsoft has just given regular joes an opportunity to hack the system for their own DIY projects.