Dec 3 2008

Gaze-controlled robot demonstrated on video

A team of researchers from the Technical University of Denmark and the IT University of Copenhagen demonstrated their gaze navigated robot at a recent Microsoft Robotics event.


The simplicity begins with the LEGO NXT-G kit that the bot is based around, which gets paired with a webcam and a laptop that’s connected to the bot via Bluetooth, and to a desktop PC via WiFi. The PC comes into the picture with an eye-tracking system that lets folks control the robot as they watch the live feed from its webcam which, as you can see in the video after the break, appears to work remarkably well. The researchers apparently aren’t content with things just yet, however, and they’re already looking to use the system to control a wheelchair, and add some head-tracking to the mix for good mesure.