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Kinect used to create flying AI robot

Microsoft motion sensor used for quad-rotor autonomous vehicle

The boffins over at UC Berkeley's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences have created an unmanned aerial vehicle that can navigate environments and avoid obstacles using Microsoft's Kinect.

The developers, who obviously haven't seen Terminator or heard of Skynet, attached the Kinect hardware to the device which "delivers a point cloud to the on-board computer" while a "consensus algorithm fits a planar model to the points on the floor, and this planar model is fed into the controller as the sensed altitude."

Although we have no idea what any of that means, we're savvy enough to figure out that the Kinect allows the vehicle to map it's surroundings and move about intelligently.

Ok we're not that savvy, we just watched this video:

In other worrying Kinect related news, Japanese coder Takayuki Fukatsu has used the Kinect so that it tracks his movement, but turns his details into an almost perfect transparent effect, essentially recreating the cloaking effect from Predator.

[ SOURCE: Engadget ]