It's not every day you get to wave to your robotic floor cleaner, signally for it to start cleaning while you leave the house. If MIT's Philipp Robbel has anything to do with it, that's something we'll surely start seeing in the near future - gesture-supported robots.
Using the new Xbox Kinect camera and an iRobot, he's created a floor cleaner than can recognize human beings and respond to their gestural commands.
You can see its 3D-mapping and gesture recognition ability in the video below. Who knows, we might even see R2D2 prototypes in the works. Ah, isn't the future such a nice place to live in?
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