DailyDirt: Kinect Hacks Are Just Appetizers...
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Microsoft Kinect is a cool platform that provides hints of future user interfaces that are touchless. Kinect is also being used in other projects, though, that could help advance the field of robotics. Here are some interesting Kinect links for everyone (while we wait for the Kinect platform to mature and really deliver cool stuff in the future).
- Microsoft Research has posted some videos describing how Kinect software visually perceives body parts. The paper explains how the software is a "decision forest" of decision trees that try to classify body parts based on a huge set of model body part images. [url]
- Kinect's camera hardware can also be useful for robot visualization projects. Standardized sensor hardware that is relatively cheap could potentially give robot vision projects a little boost. [url]
- Robot vision projects, in turn, could help blind people with advanced assistive devices. Strapping a laptop to a person's back, though, might not be the best form factor for a device to assist the visually impaired. [url]
- There are several projects that hack together the Kinect and other techy gadgets. The OpenKinect community is growing and developing a few really cool projects. [url]
- Still, some gamers are complaining that Microsoft hasn't released enough games that use the Kinect to its full potential. More games are expected to be announced at E3 later this year, but people with the hardware will have to wait several months for new Kinect-enabled games to be delivered to living rooms... [url]
- To discover more interesting AI-related content, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]