Now Robots Can Play Kinect, Too!

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I am not quite sure how the humanoid robot balances itself as the video doesn’t really explain it but it does seem able to remain focused and not lose any center of balance whatsoever. ~Umar Khan

Now Robots Can Play Kinect, Too!

When Microsoft announced the Kinect, a lot of people thought that this was going to be just another peripheral gimmick. In reality, they were correct. It really was just another peripheral gimmick and a way to bring in another competitor in motion based gaming. The original intent of the Kinect was to just have some good gaming fun. In the world we live in, though most things that have an original intent get pushed into another direction by an opposing force. For the Kinect, this opposing force is a community of hackers that enhanced its capabilities. I am sure we’ve all seen things that people have managed to do with Open Kinect.

One user managed to make humanoid devices mimic movements applied in a Kinect. What does that mean? I mean he made a freaking robot simulate human movements! What else could I mean? Move over Iron Man because we no longer need the armored suit.

Humanoid Robot Kinect
Humanoid Robot Kinect

In the video it shows the machine doing the opposite mirrored movement but that’s because instead of facing the screen, it is facing towards the camera. The robot responds to movement inputs placed in Open Kinect programs and responds with a likewise movement. The robot shows perfect balance even when moving around with a weight on its arm and shows adaptability to remain as focused as it is in the Kinect movements.  I am not quite sure how the humanoid robot balances itself as the video doesn’t really explain it but it does seem able to remain focused and not lose any center of balance whatsoever. Give or take a couple of months and we’ll see what else hacked Kinects can really get done.

The Amiga CD32

Amiga CD32
Amiga CD32

Obsolete Commercials: The Amiga CD32

The Amiga CD32 was a nerfed Amiga 1200 in the form of a console. You could however add a mouse, hard drive, keyboard, and floppy drive to turn it into a full Amiga 1200.

The Amiga CD32 was plagued with a legal problem and Commodore was unable to openly sell it in North America.

For me, although I loved Amiga machines, this is just another console put out during the rush to try to get everybody to use systems with CD media. Most CD games at that time were utter crap but that didn’t matter, Commodore would be bankrupt about 6-7 months after the CD32 came out.

I had read years ago that Microsoft had bought the rights to the CD32 in part of the Commodore liquidation or in one of its reliquidations (companies kept selling the rights over and over), which they had bought the CD32 rights about 2 years before the original XBox came out.

Much like other crappy Commodore commercials, here is the one they put out for the CD32: