Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Machine vision enabling personal robots

This movie is so cool I just had to share it with you.

It comes from the web site of a company called
Willow Garage, based like all the best tech start ups, in the Silicon Valley region of California. Willow Garage is in the business of developing robots for personal use and inevitably, this entails using machine vision for navigation.

Reading their site, it seems they like to use OpenCV for machine vision, and the various movies on the site suggest they do a lot of triangulation-based 3D imaging. I have to wonder if they’re using the Kinect, and if not, I’m curious why not.

Enjoy the movie!

1 comment:

Conard Holton said...

Dear B Grey - very cool video. There's a lot of hacking going on with Kinect and service robots, including Willow Garage - see this from IEEE: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/top-10-robotic-kinect-hacks
Adil Shafi just did a webcast on our site about vision in service robots. He and I have written a market and technology report on the topic.
Best wishes,
Conard Holton