Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Students Hack Microsoft’s Kinect to Assist the Visually Impaired

Two computer science students from the University of Pennsylvania, Eric Berdinis and Jeff Kiske, 3ybn0xws Students Hack Microsofts Kinect to Assist the Visually Impaired have hacked together a very impressive tactile feedback system for the visually impaired using a Microsoft Kinect device and a number of vibration actuators. The Kinecthesia is a belt worn camera system that detects the location and depth of objects in front of the wearer using depth information detected by the Kinect sensor. This information is processed on a BeagleBoard open computer platform and then used to drive six vibration motors located to the left, center and right of the user. The video below shows a demo of the system in use and gives a quick explanation of its operation.

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