Hacked Kinect Enabled Autonomous Mini Robot Car Navigation …
A Kinect sensor is mounted onto a small car-like robot (a 1:10 VW Touareg). A planar inverse depth model of the ground surface is verified against the depth images provided by the Kinect sensor to build an occupancy grid of the robot’s environment. The path the robot takes is then determined by a reactive navigation approach called “tentacles”.
On a related Kinect note – a journalist wanted us to explain how a hacked Kinect and all the projects are relevant to a “house wife”. This was the 3rd or 4th time we were asked this. Previously the question that was the most unsettling was “is this hack illegal? can it be used for evil in some way? my editor wants that in there somehow”…
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