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The Kinect hackapalooza continues. Here, PhD student Philipp Robbel, of MIT’s Personal Robotics Group, combined an Xbox Kinect with an iRobot Create to come up with KinectBot. It can can generate “detailed 3D maps of its surroundings and wirelessly send them to a host computer. KinectBot can also detect nearby humans and track their movements to try and understand where they want it to go…The system uses mapping (SLAM) code from OpenSLAM.org (specifically GMapping) as well as some visualization packets from Mobile Robot Programming Toolkit (MRPT).” [Thanks, Blake!]

Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect to See The World, Obey Your Commands

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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