Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 with Kinect Support
Greg Shirakyan provides the commentary for this impressive demonstration relating to Microsoft's RDS4 - Robot Development Studio 4. To illustrate the great Kinect integration that has been included in this latest version of RDS4, Greg uses the case of a photographer at a party. His job is essentially to go around capturing all of the fun everyone else is having, the whole time keeping an eye on the camera's remaining battery power and ensuring that the pictures come out just right.
The idea behind this project is to replace the poor guy responsible for capturing the life of the party. The robot referenced in the video would accomplish this by autonomously recognizing people based on skeletal tracking algorithms and taking snap shots at will -- the video example gives the people involved a heads up before snapping a shot. Thanks to the Kinect's 3D depth sensing capabilities, the "party photo-bot" would be able to recognize when an object is present and would automatically change directions in order to avoid it, just like a Roomba. This makes for a great way to capture the real-time actions and atmosphere of a party without having to "pose for the camera". Very cleaver and practical implantation of a kinect related development project if I do say so myself. As an extra added bonus feature, pictures can be automatically uploaded to a Flickr account. How's that for practicality?