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Autonomous quadrotor looks through a Kinect
posted December 7 2010 13:16.49 by Giorgos Lazaridis

This hack is part of the STARMAC Project in the Hybrid Systems Lab at UC Berkeley (EECS department Researcher: Patrick Bouffard. PI: Prof. Claire Tomlin). A Kinect camera is attached on a quadrotor copter. The quadrotor is programmed to fly through pre-defined way points, but not blind! The Kinect camera delivers the data to the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom based computer (running Linux of course - Ubuntu 10.04) using the ROS kinect driver and the OpenKinect/Freenect driver for hardware access. A VICON motion capture system is used to provide the other necessary degrees of freedom (lateral and yaw) and acts as a safety backup to the Kinect altitude–in case of a dropout in the altitude reading from the Kinect data, the VICON based reading is used instead.

[Via: DIY Drones]    [Link: Hybrid Systems]
Tags: crazy hack   electronic project   robot   autonomous   computer peripheral hacks   research   linux related   experiments   kinect   xbox   quadrotor   

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