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Forbes blogger TJ McCue sent us a link to this awesome Kinect project with gesture-controls an S107 RC Helicopter. The builder, cdoughty29 on YouTube, writes:

The Kinect detects my hands, head, and hips. This information is translated into X, Y, Z coordinates, processed with some 7th grade Algebra, and then sent to the Arduino Uno over the serial port. The Arduino receives the signal and converts it to a 38 kHz Infrared signal that the S107 can understand.

Nifty. Thanks, TJ!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer 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 for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • UncleWayne

    How did you figure out the IR control protocol? I’ve been building an arduino controler for the S107 but have been striking out on how to flash the IR LED.
    Are there details on this build anywhere?

    • http://codingfun.collinboy.net C. Doughty

      Posted my Arduino to S107 code on codingfun.collinboy.net. Hope it helps.

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  • Chris Farke

    i am trying to recreate this project with a joystick but when i put the code for the joystick into the loop it refreshes too slow to control the helicopter.

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