Björn Giesler built a R2-D2 (or more precise, R2-M5) replica that uses the Kinect and ROS for automation. Things he has working are platform / dome / servo motion controlled by ROS, Kinect-based people tracking and SLAM, voice recognition, and also face detection (not shown in the video).

More R2-D2 videos on YouTube channel
Source code also available

What is ROS? From Wikipedia

ROS (Robot Operating System) is a framework for robot software development, providing operating system-like functionality on top of a heterogenous computer cluster. ROS was originally developed in 2007 under the name switchyard by the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in support of the Stanford AI Robot (STAIR[1]) project. As of 2008, development continues primarily at Willow Garage, a robotics research institute/incubator, with more than twenty institutions collaborating in a federated development model

R2-D2 replica using the Kinect and ROS for automation

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