Kinect used by students to control robots in competition

Microsoft continues to expand the uses for its Kinect motion gesture device. On Saturday the official Kinect for Windows blog announced that the device would be used by a new student competition that involves one of our favorite things: robots. The event itself is called the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

Students worldwide in grades 9-12 will be competing in this event. 2,500 student teams will be given a kit that contains between 600 to 700 parts, which include the Kinect device itself along with the Kinect for Windows SDK. The students will build robots out of the parts and will be able to control them via the Kinect senor with both voice commands and motion gestures.

The students will have to build robots that will compete in a basketball-like game called Rebound Rumble. You can check out a simulated version of the game in the video above this post.

Microsoft will help students use the Kinect device to drive their robots, including workshops. In addition, Microsoft says, "Microsoft Stores across the country are teaming up with FIRST robotics teams to provide Kinect tools, technical support, and assistance."

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Narlzac85 said,
FIRST Robotics isn't new. I participated in 2003

Agreed FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen and their first game was released in 1992. Just wanted to point that out.

Narlzac85 said,
FIRST Robotics isn't new. I participated in 2003

Nobody ever said FIRST was new... Everybody that was in high school over the past 2 decades has heard of it. Just simply that they are taking advantage of Kinect. Since LIDAR is crazy expensive, this makes autonomy much much cheaper for robotics. I sure wish I had this around a few years ago when I did a robotics competition.