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Kinect boon to Robotics

… Viable $100 replacement using cameras and depth-perception software for $5,000 laser range finders presently used to guide robots.
… iRobot’s AVA concept robot using Kinect-like software and drivers; WillowGarage’s PR2 and ROS ran a c…

… Viable $100 replacement using cameras and depth-perception software for $5,000 laser range finders presently used to guide robots.
iRobot’s AVA concept robot using Kinect-like software and drivers; WillowGarage’s PR2 and ROS ran a contest to “do something cool, funny, or useful.” See video of 1st place winner.

By Frank Tobe

Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report After selling his business and retiring from 25+ years as a provider of computer direct marketing and consulting to the Democratic National Committee, major presidential and other campaigns and initiatives, he has energetically pursued a new career in researching and investing in robotics. In 2013 he co-founded Robo-STOX™ LLC (renamed in 2015 to ROBO-Global) and developed a tracking index for the robotics industry: the ROBO-Global™ Robotics & Automation Index.

Frank is a member of Robohub and also a panel member for panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.