MIT roboticist Philipp Robbel hacked a Microsoft Kinect sensor onto an iRobot Create, essentially an open source Roomba without the vacuum. The KinectBot can create its own 3D maps as it moves around a space. The operator can also use natural gestures to direct the robot, like pointing where it should go next.
"Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect to See The World, Obey Your Commands" (Thanks, Sean Ness!)
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