Kinect and FIRST in the News!

The buzz is on, at Marketwatch and blogs across the country, about the addition of Kinect to the FRC kit of parts:

MANCHESTER, N.H., Oct 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — FIRST(R) (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, today announced that Microsoft Corporation’s award-winning Kinect for Xbox 360 will be a part of the standard robotics Kit of Parts (KoP) for the 2012 FIRST(R) Robotics Competition (FRC(R)) season. The addition of Kinect for Xbox 360 will allow the competitors to “be the robot,” using a natural user interface to control and interact with their robots with gestures, without the need to use a joystick, game controller, or other input device.

An estimated 60,000 high-school students will benefit from new technology in the annual robotics competition thanks to Microsoft’s donation of 2,500 Kinect sensors to the 2012 FIRST robotics game. The new sensor, which will be beta tested with robots built by FIRST students this fall, includes a depth camera and both video and audio sensors to capture video data in 3D.

Read the full story at MarketWatch and stay posted at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/kinect

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