Just when you thought the Xbox 360 Kinect couldn’t get any cooler, a couple of “Kinect hackers” decided to bring shadow puppets into the 21st century. Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson, used an Xbox Kinect connected to a laptop using the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect. Then the openFrameworks system tracked the parts of the arm to map a skeleton onto the movements of an animated bird on their wall. Check out the video evidence after the break.
UBM have got hold of a Kinect, torn it apart to examine each of its components then tracked how much each of them cost. What they found was that each of the cameras costs Microsoft approximately $56, of which the single biggest expenditure is Israeli company PrimeSense’s “reference system” of cameras, microphones and processor, which clocks in at $17.
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How do you take one of the most boring household staples and turn it into something awesome? Turn ‘em into robots, that’s how. These robot salt and pepper shakers may not do your laundry or make you breakfast, but they sure can make your dinner table look awesome.
So you have an iPhone AND you’re a lush? Well then, this bottle opener equipped iPhone case is perfect for you. You’ll be able to open a beer while you’re talking on the phone, playing Angry Birds, or searching for new apps. Right now the iBottleOpener is only available for the iPhone 3G and 3Gs, but I would imagine the case for the iPhone 4 is right around the corner.
Robots are great. They’re continually challenging and proving how robotics can help us move toward a smarter society. And then of course there’s the beer-fetching and game-playing robots we’ve come to love. Now, Willow Garage’s PR2 robot has been given a pen, and with it, it drew a pretty good self-portrait.
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These days, the iPhone and other devices that we interact with most are USB friendly and often times, USB dependent. So it’s no wonder some genius decided to develop a wall socket equipped with USB ports. Not only does this wall socket allow you to charge devices using USB, but it also potentially doubles the number of things you can power from a single wall socket. Bonus!
The best part is that this socket retrofit can be installed easily on any existing wall outlet. All you’ve got to do is swap them out. Oh, and no need to worry about the vampire effect. The USB ports will only draw power if something is plugged in.
The USB Wall Socket can be preordered here.