Kinect with ROS moving forward quickly

The ROS/Kinect integration continues to progress quickly thanks to the efforts of the OpenKinect and ROS community. The initial ROS+Kinect contributors -- Alex Trevor, Ivan Dryanovski, Stéphane Magnenat, and William Morris -- have combined their efforts into a new ROS kinect stack. At Willow Garage, our engineers and researchers have also been working on the stack to improve the driver and integrate it with ROS libraries and tools. The community is now hard at work on solving problems like calibration, which will be important for using the Kinect in robotics. Feel free to sign up for the ros-kinect mailing list to keep up-to-date on the latest efforts.

We thought we'd make a quick video to show some of what's going on at Willow Garage with the Kinect. We've added features like multi-camera support and control of the Kinect motors to the popular libfreenect library. We're also working on making some fun Kinect hacks of our own -- watch until the end of the video to see where we are with those. We look forward to seeing your videos as well.


Did you have any trouble

Did you have any trouble using two kinects at the same time? Did they interfere? Did you have to do anything to make them work?

Other than making sure that

Other than making sure that we plug the Kinects into separate USB controllers, no, we haven't had any trouble (yet).

Why did you have to plug them

Why did you have to plug them into seperate USB controllers?

Two Kinects will overwhelm a

Two Kinects will overwhelm a single controller due to the amount of data.


Cool now combine NXT ROS With Kinetec ROS for 3d robot navigation


Wow- that's taking Kinect to the next level. Looking forward to some fun hacks. Keep it up.
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Calibration pattern

It looks like you settled on a grid of cut-out holes for the depth calibration? So cool.

We printed the circles on our

We printed the circles on our vinyl cutter and applied to a clear sheet. We'll have to work on the technique a little, but it's enough to work with for development.