Kinect Hacked To Create Animated Puppet Show

This is seriously awesome. A new hack developed by hackers Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson has enabled the Kinect to be used for interactive puppet shows. The hack, a video of which you can find below, basically inputs human gestures and makes use of this input to improvise the movements of an animated character. What’s … Continue reading

This is seriously awesome. A new hack developed by hackers Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson has enabled the Kinect to be used for interactive puppet shows. The hack, a video of which you can find below, basically inputs human gestures and makes use of this input to improvise the movements of an animated character.

What’s more impressive than the demonstration itself is the fact that the whole hack was developed in under 24 hours. This just goes to tell you the power of such a tool. Imagine what can be done with Kinect’s technology in a month! And imagine where we would be in a year’s time.

Do you see more such use-cases for Kinect? Why don’t you tell us in the comments.

Kinect Used To Enable Robot Understand Human Gestures

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 … Continue reading

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.