Man, and I thought the hacks on the Wii sensor bar came fast and furious. Amazing what people are doing with the Xbox Kinect and how viral all of these hacks quickly become. This one, an autonomous quadrotor, uses the Kinect Sensor for navigation and obstacle avoidance. It was done as part of the STARMAC Project in the Hybrid Systems Lab at UC Berkeley (EECS department). [Thanks, Blake!]

Quadrotor Autonomous Flight and Obstacle Avoidance with Kinect Sensor

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Maker Dino

    This is the hack I’ve been waiting for. Utilizing the Kinect to facilitate autonomous navigation! It’s the ideal hack in my opinion… just perfect! Great job Berzerkley!! Makes me wish I was 30 years younger and going to school there! How exciting for you guys. Keep up the great work.