Ready for a smart tripod that can follow you? Hint. if you like programming, you’ll love this.
Arthur Wait created the The Smart Tripod from readily available components with his own programming skills. His creation recently won the Microsoft Robotics @ Home competition and a $10,000 prize.
Four essential elements of this project are:
1. Eddie Robot Platform (starting at $1249) http://www.parallax.com/eddie
2. Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio free at http://www.microsoft.com/robotics/
3. Kinect ($225) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/ which is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows 7 PCs using skeletal-tracking, and other sensor technologies.
4. Your laptop
Beware that this is not a consumer project. It is for programmers. The Amazon user reviews of Kinect make this very clear.
David Pogue produces videos and writes articles about personal tech issues. His work appears in the NY Times, PBS “Nova,” Yahoo Tech, Scientific American and more. His new article “Digitize Those Memory-Filled Cassettes before They Disintegrate subtitled Bite the bullet and have them digitized—I wish I’d done it sooner. appears in the September 1, 2016 […]Read More