The kinect fueled age of the low cost autonomous robot continues to gather steam with the latest offerings from National Instruments Labs. By adding a kinect sensor to the sonar on their Robotics Starter Kit they achieved an autonomous bot with very serviceable obstacle avoidance.
Then they battle hardened the cute little buggy. Change the sonar to lidar, harden the body to be impenetrable and shock resistant, and change the wheels to tank treads and *VIOLA* you have a rip-roaring hunter-killer that has polite manners around the office.
Oh, by the way, the starter kit (without kinect) can be had for a mere $2,000 USD.

Ooo – More Kinected Autonomous Robots

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