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Kinect helping robots see and recognize environment

Wired has a fascinating (if a little long) read up about how Microsoft's Kinect hardware is changing the robotics industry. For a long time, robotics has been held back, not by technology that defines how robots move, but by a lack of understanding of their environments -- a robot that can't...

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Kinect Hacks: A less terrifying robot

Ever since the (recently departed) Milo reared his adorable head, we've envisioned at bleak future of Kinect-powered robots ruling over mankind with an iron, articulated fist. We've even seen the beginnings of this inevitable transition. Thankfully, one Taylor Veltrop was smart enough to embed an...

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Kinect Hacks: Self-driving car

Kinect has already gained the ability to fly, and now it can drive. Researchers at University of Bundeswehr Munich attached a Kinect sensor and a laptop to a small (formerly) remote-controlled car, loaded it with software based on the program used to run the MuCAR-3 in the DARPA Urban Challenge, and...

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Wiimote controls giant claw, brings man and machine closer

When your job is to sit in an office all day, controlling a 15-ton robotic arm, things can get kind of boring. Thankfully, some ingenious operators decided to fool around with the arm at their disposal and managed to implement Wiimote controls. Judging by the YouTube video after the break, taking...

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DeepNote Guitar Hero robot will rock your face off

Other than "amazing," you may also call the above contraption DeepNote. It's a working robot that can totally destroy you in Guitar Hero. Using a pair of "eyes," it watches the action on-screen, then playing those very notes in real-time. It's all done via a series of photodiodes, which pick up the...

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Microsoft unleashes the robots.

Now that Microsoft has conquered entered the world of video games, there is only one logical next step. Robots, of course! According to PC World, Microsoft has decided to develop a software tool kit just for robotics. The software will allow robots to interface with Windows PCs, effectively...

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