'Making Things See' Kinect Book by Greg Borenstein

'Making Things See' from O'Reilly Media / Make shows you how to build Kinect projects with inexpensive off-the-shelf components, including the open source Processing programming language and the Arduino microcontroller. Things covered in the book include:

 

  • Create Kinect applications on Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux
  • Track people with pose detection and skeletonization, and use blob tracking to detect objects
  • Analyze and manipulate point clouds
  • Make models for design and fabrication, using 3D scanning technology
  • Use MakerBot, RepRap, or Shapeways to print 3D objects
  • Delve into motion tracking for animation and games
  • Build a simple robot arm that can imitate your arm movements
  • Discover how skilled artists have used Kinect to build fascinating projects

 

The book is available now on Amazon.

 

U.S. Army's Third Robotics Rodeo Scheduled for June 20-29 at Fort Benning

Still Seeking Participant Info Papers and Demonstration Videos until 23 March 2012

Health Robotics Named to Top 50 World Robot Companies

Health Robotics today announced that it received additional recognition (this time in the USA) for its global customer accomplishments by being named to the Robotics' Business Review Top 50 list.

Miniature 9-Axis Inertial Module with 32-bit Processing Unit from STMicroelectronics Boosts Realism and Accuracy in Gaming, Robotics and Navigation

MEMS leader unveils a compact 9 degrees-of-freedom motion-sensing module with powerful processing capabilities

SOUTHERN INDIANA CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER OPENS MOTOMAN ROBOT LABORATOR

Laboratory at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC).

MVTec Announces HALCON 11

MVTec Software GmbH (Munich, Germany), manufacturer of standard software for machine vision, announces the release of the new version HALCON 11 for June 1, 2012. For machine vision users, HALCON 11 provides many innovations and enhancements.

MOTOMAN ROBOTICS SPONSORS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FOR RIA MEMBERSHIP

Motoman Robotics is pleased to take advantage of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Educator Sponsorship program by sponsoring Highland Park High School (Topeka, KS), Ivy Tech Community College (Columbus, IN), Spot-Lowe Technology Center (Lewisburg, TN) and Wichita Area Technical College (Wichita, KS) for membership to the RIA. The program allows RIA members to sponsor a teaching and training institution for an Educator membership in the RIA.

New Controllers from Rockwell Automation Provide Right-sized Integrated Motion on EtherNet/IP, Plus Faster System Performance

Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5370 controllers give machine builders high-performance integrated motion control on EtherNet/IP network, and up to 40 percent smaller footprint

ATI Tool Changer Enables Quick and Automatic Exchange of Material Handling Tooling

Bohl Crane Utilizing QC-40 Tool Changers

iRobot introduces new Scooba Floor Washing Robots

Expands global home robots portfolio on four continents

Wynright Autoroll+ Adds Intelligent Control to Motor Driven Roller

Connecting via Ethernet delivers greater design freedom and operational flexibility while reducing costs

ReconRobotics Receives Marine Corps Order for 126 Recon Scout XT Robots

ReconRobotics plans to complete deliveries on this latest order by April 30, 2012.

First Quebec Robotics Festival

More Than 5,000 People to Gather in Montreal to Take Part in the First Quebec Robotics Festival

Rockwell Automation Acquires SoftSwitching Technologies

Rockwell Automation purchased the assets of SoftSwitching Technologies, a provider of industrial power quality detection and protection systems, located in Middleton, Wis.

Clear Automation adds robots to PennEngineering presses

Clear Automation supplies robots to PennEngineering for its PEMSERTER Series 3000 Press fastener installation press. This allows completely hands-off installation of self-clinching.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.