Control a Robot with Kinect


The potential of Kinect continues to expand – this time robotics hobbyists have developed a system for controlling an actual robot body using Kinect.

The results are extremely impressive to say the least:

The robot used is a hobbyist robot kit dressed to look somewhat like a Gundam mech – an actual robotic Gundam toy/model cannot be too far off.

The software used, V-Sido, resides here. Particularly impressive is the fact that the robot independently maintains its balance rather than falling over in certain postures…

More of the software:

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    Comment by awesome
    21:42 15/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    remember that movie "Surrogates" with Bruce Willis? this is the beginning of it in real life*

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    Comment by King Tiger
    21:53 15/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    lol they used Char's Z'Gok :3

    "an actual robotic Gundam toy/model cannot be too far off."

    I'll HHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG'd if they pursue this option :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 15/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    First, they start to move via Kinect.

    Next, they'll battle on small-scale, being moved via Kinect.

    Then finally, on a larger scale. Yess... The future seems to filled with awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 16/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It will be like G Gundam. Can't wait for German Ninja Gundam.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Speigel Gundam, I believe the reference is.

    And yes, it is German Ninja Gundam.

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    Comment by Xerxes
    21:45 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    whats "speigel" supposed to mean? did they try to say "spiegel"? (that means mirror)

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    Comment by Xerxes
    07:10 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    lolwhut? "german ninja"? since when do we have ninjas here in germany? did i miss something?

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    Comment by Misakite
    22:08 15/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    If they just decided to magnify the movement onto that Gundam they've already built...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What is this pressure I feel? Char???


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    Comment by frostbyte
    22:25 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    wed all be dead by that time. maybe our grandsons would pilot them someday though

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    10:03 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It is truly sad.... -_-

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    21:49 15/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    after that,Terminator LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:45 15/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Gundam and Evangelion coming soon

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    Comment by Megidola
    00:31 16/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Soon wars will be fought between Kinect-controlled robots and humanity will be destroyed... so those Kinect-haters were right all along...

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    Comment by FlyingCake
    02:21 16/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I like how the Kinect is being used for everything but the games it was originally marketed for. :d

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:54 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Robot Jox?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    gun x sword

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    Comment by Xerxes
    04:21 16/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    bit isnt it awesome how this really IS able to be the beginnign of robot-wars? i mean they were already experimenting with simialr techniques to do surgerry with robot hands and similar stuff. it realy IS not far off..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Time to start preparing for the gundam wars that's inevitable.


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    Comment by Vu Le Khoa
    01:44 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't know if anyone is thinking like me, but the first thing i think of when looking at these is Keroro Gunso @@

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the problem with it now is that to make it true robot wars (robots against humans) the robots would have to be given a "learning" AI, and that's next to improbable as far as today's society goes hehehe

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    Comment by vanchrian
    00:55 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Ore no Kono te ga Maakani Moeru! Shori o tsukameto todoroki sakebu!!



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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    06:37 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welp, this is the last signal I need to prepare for the next World War, it's coming I tell you...this is clean proof right here...

    Comment by Anonymous

    This is eggselent

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:12 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Reminds more of free-movement control.
    Something like ginga bishounen but less "ginga" lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 16/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    G Gundam interface.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    00:57 16/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Models no - not to far off, except hobbyists will have to figure out how to miniturize the gyros neccessary to stabilize a stand alone model "mecha".

    As was discussed in the forum (we got a thread where this was debated to death),... The only two things inhibiting the building of a full scale mech is the artificial muscles and a reliable power source.

    Even a more reasonable sized exoskeleton like a landmate (Shirow Sensei) would be difficult to built without an umbilical to power the systems.

    It would be very cool to have actual robot battles, it would be the next generation of battle bots.


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Adding to the things which inhibits building a full scale mecha:

    - GROUND PRESSURE. Especially if you're thinking humanoid Gundam-like mecha, and plan to use them in terrestrial environment. Mother earth will be your biggest enemy because legs can't spread weight well enough, and the concentrated weight will cause it to sink into the ground. You're welcome to argue about using larger footpads, but that'll put a strain on your power source, hydraulics / whatever your actuator system is. Other solution includes paving every soft grounds on earth with concrete... but that isn't so practical, is it?

    - INEFFECTIVE ARMORING. So, you're imagining about using them in combat? Good luck trying to armor the mech effectively while considering the restraints of physical laws such as weight and, once again, ground pressure. Don't forget also that mech may be sticking out like sore thumb for everyone to see (and shoot). Being a (roughly) 7 meter tall entity, there won't be much place to hide.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    04:08 16/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    freakin' sweet. i just wonder when they will get 2 xboxes and have a guy control the robot and in turn the robot plays xbox. robots just want to have fun too! :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    G gundam. Daimos and other gigantic mecha with motion trackers. LET THE WISEST WORLD WAR BEGIN!

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    Comment by obro

    not rly there they are controlling it with their MINDS and here with movement.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Kinect is a god damn webcam, if they're treating it as "new technology" then I'm more sad then sickened..

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 15/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Taking pictures of something several times a second, transferring it to a computer, and replaying it, is a webcam.

    Kinect actually has to identify and track points on a person's body, which requires far more sophisticated software.

    It may not be new, several CG movies for instance use similar technology, but it's certainly innovative, and I can't think of another consumer product that utilizes it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 16/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    the important bit of technology on kinect is the depth sensor, and it's the most affordable, decent quality one available.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Webcams can't track depth

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Don't talk about things you have no actual knowledge of. Prevents you from looking stupid.

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    Comment by Red
    00:09 16/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Another troll? Or was it just silly uneducated opinion?:o

    Comment by Anonymous


    Lol, where were you when comments were all "Sigh, Kinect fails yet again! Microsoft should just give up!" and "LOLOLOL KINECT". The other 9/10 Kinect articles are just people bashing Kinect.

    Amazing how fast people's opinion on things change on this site.

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    Comment by West
    21:53 15/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This completely changed my mind about kinect. I'm all for any tech that gets us closer to mobile suites!

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    Comment by King Tiger
    22:02 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wanna bet that many years from now after we establish mobile suits we'll look back thinking "and they say it couldn't be done" :)

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    Comment by Sukunai
    22:01 15/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Kinect still sucks in it's primary role for why it was made when measured against the competition.

    But everything big started small. It is at least shooting for the moon. Maybe someday it will be laughing at Sony. It never will if it never tries though.

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    Comment by alex251
    23:08 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    in the next news control a robot with your penis and kinect :)

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    Comment by Neocurse
    06:51 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    When the life sized Gundam in japan goes "missing". We will all know what happened....

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    Comment by megaman007
    22:42 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kinect + VR helmet + PS3 supernode + Gundam statue = WWIII

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    Comment by King Tiger
    02:51 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and I wouldn't mind if it happened :)

    Avatar of softbanker
    Comment by softbanker
    22:07 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And so the countdown to human extinction begins..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhm... the clock ticks already. Atomic Bomb, ever heard of?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah like Metal Gear Solid!!!

    Damn you Otacon! You went and did it anyways, Lol!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its 5 minutes to midnight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 15/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's G-Gundam. Minus the body suit. And the explosions. FOR NOW!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what it could be better used for!?


    "Angelic Fight Go!!!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 16/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Angelic Layer was more akin to a mind-machine interface than motion capture.

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