Taylor Veltrop’s motion-tracking robots dance under his control

Date:14 September 2011 Tags:,

Sure, Microsoft’s Kinect camera array is great for playing Dance Central on the Xbox 360, but for robotics hackers like Taylor Veltrop, Kinect is a cheap motion-capture device that offers dizzying DIY possibilities. “When the Kinect came out, I already had the hardware system ready to interface with it,” he says. “I just needed to write some software glue to get its skeleton data into my robot’s joint data.” Veltrop, a Chicago native now living in Tokyo, uses the Kinect’s skeleton-tracking capabilities along with two Wii remotes and a laptop to wirelessly animate his Aldebaran and Kondo kit robots with his body movements.

Veltrop entered the freestyle competition at RoboGames 2011. Using the Kinect, his two robots danced simultaneously under his control. Watch the video…

Don’t miss the feature “Backyard Genius 2011” in the October 2011 issue of Popular Mechanics (on sale on 19 September) to read more about Veltrop's robots and more odd but inspiring creations.

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