While other robot researchers have demonstrated interesting implementations combining the Microsoft Kinect device with robots of various types, Taylor Veltrop has aways had a compelling desire to develop an integrated system that will enable him to experience the world inhabited by his robot.
So far, he's been able to get his NAO humanoid robot to follow his upper torso; then his walking direction and turns; dance; and he's even incorporated a treadmill into the system which allowed him to exceed the normal space limitations imposed by the typical lab environment.
Now, he's taken the overall system design one step further by adding a head mounted display integrated with the NAO robot's cameras and the Kinect system so that it tracks his head movements. This allows him to not only see what his robot sees, but also to 'look around' with considerable freedom of movement.(more…)