Most impressive Kinect-controlled quadcopter yet

Wonderful work from ETH Zurich with their Vicon motion capture system and a Ascending Tech quad:

From Hackaday:

 "[T]hey are using Kinect to monitor their joint positions, mapping a handful of actions to the operator’s movements. Once the quadrotor is aloft, it can be directed around the room using the operator’s right hand. The gesture recognition system responds almost instantly, guiding the vehicle in all directions with ease. When the user’s left hand is raised, the quadrotor does a mid-air flip and awaits its next command, while a quick clap of the hands brings the machine to rest on the ground.

For the protection of anyone testing out the system, overhead motion tracking cameras are used to keep track of the Kinect’s position, creating an invisible midair barrier through which the quadrotor is not allowed to pass."

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Comment by Sebastian Gralla on July 5, 2011 at 9:23am

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on July 5, 2011 at 1:49pm
Whoops--sorry for the dupe! But it deserves to be seen twice ;-)

Comment by Gary Mortimer on July 5, 2011 at 2:01pm

Twice its been on the side as well ;-)


Shows that its only a hop and a skip away from an intuitive hand controlled language for our machines. I can remember saying that we would laugh at how we used to do this autopilot thing. 


Think its coming sooner than I thought 

Comment by sergei lupashin on July 5, 2011 at 3:37pm
hehe, thanks for the repost, i guess. :)


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