Kinecting to Dinos

Today's inspirational project, highlighted by Rob Wolf, shows a pretty unique real-world implementation of the Kinect. And one that's really pretty cool. Like the Rob says, who doesn't like dino's, especially Kinect powered ones!

#ICreatedThis: Kinect-powered dinosaurs

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Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Matt Fisher and his team at KumoTek Robotics took the traditional interactive exhibit experience one step further in their recent Red Dirt Dinos exhibit for the Oklahoma Museum Network. Instead of creating dinosaurs that would only respond to actions based on the location, position and number of faces in a crowd, the dinosaurs in Matt’s exhibit detect full body gestures with the help of a Microsoft Kinect. This allows visitors to hold out their hands to experience friendly horse-like responses from herbivores and menacing lion-like responses from predators, raising the bar in interactivity for large scale robotics exhibits.

“Understanding the limitations of using only face detection, we decided to incorporate new sensors and interactive programs into our exhibits," Matt says. "Microsoft Kinect was the first and final candidate for a combined hardware and software platform that could both detect full-body gestures, while providing our development team with an open software framework to interface with our Windows 7 based Human Interaction System.”

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Matt Fisher is featured on the Microsoft Facebook Page in #ICreatedThis, an ongoing series that showcases people doing interesting things at Microsoft and with Microsoft technology.  Know someone else doing something amazing? Tweet us @Microsoft using the #ICreatedThis hashtag or email the story to cmgsocial@microsoft.com.

Project Information URL: http://blogs.technet.com/b/firehose/archive/2014/06/26/icreatedthis-kinect-powered-dinosaurs.aspx

New Interactive Dinosaur Experience: Robots with Personality!

We are pleased to announce the successful launch of our next generation interactive robotic dinosaur exhibit: Red Dirt Dinos.

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These fully interactive robotic dinosaurs are controlled exclusivley by KumoTek's Human Interaction System and incorporate all of the capabilities seen in previous interactive dinosaur shows, plus full body recognition, blazing fast Intel processors and never before seen behaviors.

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Previous versions of KumoTek's Human Interaction System combined facial recognition software with our interactive behavior program to animate robotic dinosaurs that would detect and track guests in real-time. This technology was first deployed as RoboSUE at The Field Museum in Chicago in 2010 and welcomed over 500,000 guests during its first year of operation. RoboSUE was a huge success for KumoTek as it was featured prominently on the Discovery Channel and PBS.

Red Dirt Dinos is a significant step up in interactivity and technology. Through advanced sensor technology and recently added behavioral features, the interactive robotic dinosaurs are now capable of detecting full bodies, as well as hand, arm and leg gestures, while responding based on the location, size and respective behaviors of each guest.

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Loud noises and movement around the dinosaur's field of view also play a part in determining how the creatures react and adds to their animal-like personalities. The effect is a much more immersive and seemingly realistic interactive experience.

Experience the cute and cuddly Tenontosaurus:

...hold a camera in front of her and watch her rear up on two hind legs and put on a spectacular show.

...hold out your hand and see her respond like horse eating from your hand.

...gather around closely with your friends and watch her shy away into the nearby bushes.

These and many other interactive behaviors can be seen within the Red Dirt Dinos experience at the Science Museum Oklahoma or the Oklahoma Museum Network.

Project Information URL: http://kumotek.com/index.htm




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