It seems you can do almost anything with robots and Kinect--perhaps even save lives. Students at the U.K.'s University of Warwick are using the motion controller on a robot that's designed to help find victims in quake-hit buildings.
It has six tracks and a sensor-laden "head" on an articulated arm, and is powered by two Roboteq AX3500 motors.
It can use its new Kinect sensor to map terrain in 3D, perhaps identifying areas in a collapsed building where victims could be trapped.
The Kinect is an improvement to past versions of the robot that saves significant sums compared with Lidar laser sensors, which use light to image objects and create maps.
The team also wants to equip the crawler with a manipulator that could help bring food and medicine to trapped victims.