Scott Hanselman, posted a demonstation video on Channel 9, recorded at CodeMash in Ohio, of a robot “Eddie”. Eddie was introdcued last year at Maker Faire New York. Among, others, a unique feature of EDDIE is that it integrates a Kinect as a powerful vision system for scenarios such as navigation / SLAM, obstacle detection / avoidance and people detection.
“Eddie (Expandable Development Discs for Innovation and Experimentation) is a new type of robot from Parallax Inc. designed to foster creativity, innovation and experimentation. Compatible with Microsoft’s Robotics Developer Studio, Eddie can roam autonomously, see in 3D using the Microsoft Kinect, and be driven remotely using a wireless controller,” the company stated.
Adding further the company writes, “The included control board uses the 8-core Propeller microcontroller to directly control two 12V motors and collect data from several sensors around the robot. The entire base is controlled over a simple USB connection and convenient open-source command interface. The Eddie Control Board provides access to additional I/O, making Eddie fully expandable with numerous sensors & accessories.”
You can even buy an Eddie of your own.