I scored bigtime yesterday! I got a working Xbox Kinect sensor (minus the power supply, which I didn’t need anyway) for just $25! After cutting up and splicing up some cables to make it work with the laptop that controls Anna, it tested great using the trial version of RoboRealm.
This brings my complete budget for this robot to $100. And Anna now far exceeds the MARK Reference Platform Standard put out by Microsoft. In contrast, Eddie, the bot put out by Parallax, Inc., costs almost $1300 without a laptop or Kinect. The payload and runtime are less, and so is out of the box functionality. Not bad, eh?
So, April 11, 2013 is officially Anna’s birthday. Once I get some programming done, Anna will have “follow me” capability, gesture recognition, color and movement tracking, mapping abilities, and more. Autonomy here we come
The Kinect connector (remember this is made to work with an Xbox) looked like this:
I needed to bring this out to USB, and 12 volt power. Easy enough.Read more... (212 words, 4 images, estimated 51 secs reading time)