A team of researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK have created a portable battery powered, Wi-Fi equipped Kinect sensor, which has been constructed using a Linux computer, and a WiFi adapter.
The portable Kinect sensor is capable of automatically mapping it surroundings without the need for any other devices to be attached such as a laptop or games console. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the battery powered Kinect project and see it in action.
The British research team explains:
“We have developed a mobile, battery-powered, wireless depth camera based on (and compatible with) Microsoft’s Kinect. In order to promote the use of this device across a wide range of domains, we are making the circuit diagrams and PCB layouts for the additional circuitry available.
Our design only uses the front ‘camera’ circuit board of the Kinect, a second bespoke board of the same small size that plugs onto the back of this board in place of the standard large kinect board, which in turn plugs via USB into a Gumstix embedded linux computer running an open source driver and streams via an 802.11n dongle. The design would work equally well with a Raspberry Pi or other SBCs with a bit of hacking.”
If you fancy building your very own, the full circuit board diagrams and more information are available at the University of Bristol website. If you enjoy building Raspberry Pi projects you might be also interested in the awesome Raspberry Pi tablet created by Michael Castor.