Kinect hack + Wiimote + cat + robot = Guaranteed internet hit (video)
The Internet loves a cat, that's for sure. And whilst Kinect hacks may be a bit old hat now, and the Wii is on its last legs; combine the three with some robot virtual reality action and you've got an internet hit on your hands.
That's what Tokyo-based software engineer Taylor Veltrop has come up with, using his Jedi-like skills (read: Kinect sensor) and a Wii remote to control a Nao robot from Aldebaran Robotics, packed with a couple of cameras on board.
He controls the robot to brush a cat after walking towards it using a treadmill. We say brush, but we really mean tap with a brush. The cat doesn't seem too bothered though, even when he gets a bump to the head.
"This is the culmination of my last year's work," states Veltrop on YouTube. "I control the robot's arms through the Kinect and Wii remotes. I control the robot's navigation through the Kinect and treadmill. I control the robot's head through the head mounted display (HMD). I also see through the robot's eyes with the HMD.
"After doing this exercise, it became apparent that the next feature to add is hearing and speaking through the robot. Luckily both the NAO and my HMD have microphones and speakers so this shouldn't be too difficult."
If he can get the cat to talk back at him, it could break the Internet.