3D camera experiments
February 6, 2012 2 Comments
3D cameras are a cheap and fun way to experiment with a new technology. That is why so many hobbyist incorporate such a camera in their projects. Such projects are probably the best ways to discover new uses for these cameras.
One of those projects is called the Board of Awesomeness, where an off-terain skateboard is enhanced with electrical motors and control circuitry. To control the board, both voice control and a Kinect camera are used.
The combination of voice control and the camera is a very strong one. A major problem with developing software for a 3D camera, is that a user is always interfacing with the system. Even though the user is just standing in front of the camera, he still is interfacing and if you have problems with nervous hands, you might be triggering actions you never intended! Because you are interfacing with your body, you cannot simply turn of or on the system with your body (e.g. a button you have to press) because you could be doing other actions in the meantime.
That is where voice control comes into the scene. By using your voice, you can prevent the system from tracking your movements when you don’t want it to.
We are not entirely sure that this specific application will have a big future (maybe as a replacement for the Segway) but the same technique could be used in hospitals, where a small workstation follows the nurse wherever she goes.