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Kinect 2 with Oculus Rift gets NASA robotic arm workout


Kinect 2 with Oculus Rift gets NASA robotic arm workout

Source: http://phys.org/news/2013-12-kinect-ocul...

NASA engineers like what they see in Microsoft Kinect 2 as they continue to work on space robots. A NASA video released earlier this month shows how it is leveraging a combination of Kinect 2 along with Oculus Rift, the virtual reality head-mounted display, for results that have engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory highly impressed. Looking for optimal ways to maneuver robots in space, team members at JPL talked to Engadget recently about what they discovered in pairing the technologies to control a robotic arm.Above all they found that using both the Oculus Rift and Kinect brought them more immersive control, (They were among the developers to receive the first preview versions of Kinect 2. They worked with the latter's motion sensor technology, and proceeded to add Oculus Rift's immersive virtual reality, with the goal of manipulating the robotic arm.)

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It's like we're cobbling together pieces (Oculus, Kinect, etc.) to make virtual reality... REAL.

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