Monday, July 4, 2011

Controlling a Quadrotor via Kinect

There have been so many amazing things people have come up with using the Microsoft kinect. Here is another one, this time its with a Quadrotor. The guys from Flying Machine Arena at ETH Zurich have come up with this really interesting concept of controlling robots through physical interactivity. This adds another dimension as to how we can control flying robots.

The Quadrotor moves according to the movement of the right hand and make a flip when the left hand is raised up. If the user stops pointing his hand at the copter, it hovers at its last position. The system lets implement a no fly zone around the user for convenience and to avoid accidents. The Quadrotor lands itself when the user claps.

The demo is the result of a ETH Zurich Bachelor Thesis by Armin Amb├╝hl, supervised by Sergei Lupashin and Raffaello D'Andrea.

Check out this cool interactive control video  


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