Kinect used for developing rescue robot with 3D sight
The features of this device can prove to be very useful for the people in Christchurch, in recent times.
People in this area may really be blessed by this device, as some buildings are considered to be too dangerous to be entered by the rescue team, inside which around 200 people are still lost owing to commotion.
Kinect helps in creating a 3D view of an area
As per the information provided by Warwick Mobile Robotics (WMR), unlike the linear representations produced by a laser range finder, this machine uses Kinect to create a full 3D view of an area.
This 3D view helps the rescue team to make a full 3D map, of a building's interior speedily.
Kinect reduces robot’s production cost by £2000
The research team also informed that the use of Kinect reduces the amount of money invested, in producing a robot, by £2000.
Till date, this device didn’t have the permission of Microsoft to use Kinect, as Microsoft doesn’t allow its hardware to be used on any kind of devices, apart from its gaming console.
However, the creation of the WMR robot become a reality, only after hackers launched an illegal driver compatible with other platforms, by tearing a Kinect apart.
Finally, an official announcement of the release of a Kinect SDK for Windows was made by Microsoft, last week.
The development kit would be available in stores, by the end of this spring.