We’ve recently discussed how the Microsoft Kinect can be used in robotic mobile manipulation. See above a video showing what is, to my knowledge, the first commercial integration of the Kinect with an industrial robot. Signal from standard webcams is also used. Spatial Vision software from Universal Robotics crunches the data to obtain a 3D representation of the scene. The application shown is the palletizing of randomly-placed boxes with Motoman robots.
Seeing consumer priced sensor entering into the industrial arena is very exciting, as long as the integration can prove to be robust enough.
Hob WubbenaTags: 3D vision, Kinect, robot, Universal Robotics