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Kinect used to create sword-fighting robot

Kinect used to create sword-fighting robot

Kinect enables the JediBot to react to its opponent.

Robot-building students at Stanford University have created a sword-fighting robot arm with the help of a Kinect sensor. The robot reacts to the actions of an opponent in both offensive and defensive ways.

Stanford University's professor of computer science, Oussama Khatib, explained to MSNBC that 'we were recently at a conference in Shanghai and a company was showing two robots fencing and this is easy because every robot knows exactly what the other robot is doing. The challenge here is how can you get a robot to understand what the human is doing?'

Kinect provided a solution to this problem. The students used the Kinect to enable the robot to pick out objects such as its opponent's sword in a 3D environment, which means it can react by moving into the best defensive position. You can see it in action in the video below.

In addition to the sword-fighting robot, which the team have affectionately named the JediBot, the students have also developed a robot arm that can cook burgers on a grill.

The JediBot joins a long list of creative uses for the Kinect sensor. Do you have a particular favourite that you would like to share in the forums?

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Stonerd 20th July 2011, 12:58 Quote
...waiting on the sithbot to be honest.
lacuna 20th July 2011, 13:06 Quote
could do with being faster
tom_hargreaves 20th July 2011, 13:30 Quote
It wouldn't trouble Stephen Hawking to have a go on that to be honest.
Jake123456 20th July 2011, 14:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
could do with being faster

Was exactly what I was thinking..
Bauul 20th July 2011, 14:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by tom_hargreaves
It wouldn't trouble Stephen Hawking to have a go on that to be honest.

No, but imagine what he could pimp his wheelchair out with in a couple years time. Auto sword robot arms of death.
Bakes 20th July 2011, 14:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
could do with being faster

I'm not sure that's such a massive issue tbf - the process of determining what the human is doing is the challenge - they aren't trying to make an actual game or sword-fighting robot, just a proof of concept.
azazel1024 20th July 2011, 15:08 Quote
Just the first step in our Robot Overlords replacing us.
Baz 20th July 2011, 15:28 Quote
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Fizzban 20th July 2011, 15:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
u_hYAWUk5F0

lol nice one
Whindog 21st July 2011, 01:15 Quote
u_hYAWUk5F0

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I dont get it???
JaSoN... 21st July 2011, 03:41 Quote
Google it mate.
Yemerich 24th July 2011, 13:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Whindog
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I dont get it???

use it on youtube after the "=" sign
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