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It’s not just for playing video games anymore—one group of UW engineering students is using Microsoft’s Kinect to build a hands-free mobile video station to help robots learn to perform tasks. As part of their senior capstone design project, students programmed the Kinect’s cameras and motion sensors to record experiments and virtually connect collaborators by waving a hand or holding up an object. UW researchers plan to use the recorded digital “lab notebook” to teach robots the same actions.
Student ingenuity contributes to ground-breaking research at the UW through projects like the mobile video station capstone. With support from the College of Engineering Capstone Fund, students were able to purchase materials to create an innovative tool that will be used to further work in the lab.
Your gift to the Capstone Fund will allow students to tackle real-world engineering problems. Through their Capstone Design Project, the centerpiece of their engineering education, students learn skills like project management, open-ended thinking and working in teams. For students working on the mobile video station, the Capstone Fund enabled them to build a valuable contribution to cutting-edge research.
Microsoft Kinect camera
Some of the students who are building a hands-free mobile video station for their Capstone project