Kinect makes programming robotic arm a cinch

What might you do with a robotic arm? Well, if you’re part of the maker community, the possibilities are almost endless. Hook it up to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi controller, and you’ll have a companion that can paint, sort objects, play games, and generally amaze your friends and relatives. All you need is a…


Games highlight Kinect sensor’s value in robotics

They probably won’t get a ticker tape parade like the U.S. national women’s soccer team did after winning the 2015 World Cup, but the winners of the recent 2015 RoboCup certainly deserve their moment in the sun. This international competition—it’s been held annually since 1997—features soccer-playing robots of different sizes and configurations. And while it…


Robotic control gets a boost

From home vacuum cleaners to automotive welders to precision surgical aids, robots are making their way into every facet of our lives. Now NASA, no stranger to the world of robotics, is using the latest version of Kinect for Windows to control an off-the-shelf robotic arm remotely. Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created…


Monsters Come to Life with Kinect for Windows

It all started with a couple of kids and a remarkable idea, which eventually spawned two terrifying demon dogs and their master. This concept is transforming the haunt industry and could eventually change how theme parks and other entertainment businesses approach animated mechanical electronics (animatronics). Here’s the behind-the-scenes story of how this all came to be:…