Kinect makes UAV even more autonomous

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20 Responses to “Kinect makes UAV even more autonomous”

  1. bcsizemo says:

    Unmanned
    Aerial (or Autonomous depending on the potential application)
    Vehicle

    or commonly referred to by the “media” as drones.

  2. GearheadBustello says:

    The words the narrator uses in this video are probably more complicated than the code they used to write the software.

  3. davejenk1ns says:

    Cool– so the Terminator will be able to see in full color, and not that monochrome red?

  4. RedShirt77 says:

    There seems to be some need to work on speed, but that is pretty cool. one day I will meet R2D2

  5. boingboingdave says:

    @Not a Doktor – I don’t know that the reason the Kinect was used is a superior technology to what’s out there. I think it’s far more likely that the Kinect is super cheap and readily available.

    This would cut down costs dramatically, if the wars in africa and the middle east were conducted by 14 yr olds controlling UAVs remotely via xbox’s.

  6. Anonymous says:

    yay, this way the drones will be able to fly into the kindergartens as well to shoot the pakistani kids ehhh uhmmmmm, terrorists i meant of course….

  7. emmdeeaych says:

    This can be useful in so many ways. So. Many. Ways.

    From new amazingly detailed levels in FPS games, to google 3d street view, to VR versions of factories that virtual firefighters could guide real firefighters through.

    Or even a decent idea of what’s going on inside of a failing nuclear plant.

  8. jlbraun says:

    This is kind of old. It’s previously been put on a flying robot I think as far back as 2002 using a COTS laser scanner. The Kinect just does it for much cheaper. Also, the Kinect’s range is limited compared to the laser.

  9. RedShirt77 says:

    I wonder how it reacts to a gust of wind.

  10. Anonymous says:

    But if you sneeze you bomb Libya.

  11. Not a Doktor says:

    Microsoft, failing at building a decent phone for over a decade and yet they release a toy that nearly got canned that changes the world.

  12. agents4 says:

    One step closer to never having to measure a room again.

    One step closer to the Hunter-Seekers from Dune.

  13. ncinerate says:

    Color me impressed.

    For an early example of this sort of mapping, I’m amazed at how complete that 3d map of the room was at the end of the video.

    I just realized something – THIS is the next google earth.

    Think about it. Google is already driving cars around taking 360 degree images as they cruise the area – and they’ve even started going inside art museums etc and taking pics there as well. It’s not a big stretch to imagine them rigging up some sort of system like this kinect (of course, a more advanced and more capable version) that can create a high definition 3D representation of it’s surroundings on the fly.

    There’s my prediction for 2015-2017. Fully 3D maps to take a walk through.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I know people like to dog Microsoft, but could you imagine Sony letting their product be used this way?

  15. YarbroughFair says:

    It’s good to be alive in this Century to see these amazing inventions.

  16. elk says:

    Get ready, UW, for love notes and a date proposal from the Pentagon.

  17. Anonymous says:

    XBOX:1, PS3:0

  18. UltraBob says:

    Being in Japan, I think I’ve got earthquakes on the brain. My first thought was that is really cool, but it not going to navigate very well when a big earthquake hits and the ceiling falls in along that huge crack in the ceiling.

  19. Baron Karza says:

    …and what is a UAV? Again with the acronyms..

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