PrimeSense, the Israeli company whose 3D sensors helped make the Kinect such a massive hit for gamers and hackers alike, has been dipping its feet in the robotic waters a bit as of late. The company offered up its sensors for use in iRobot’s telecommunication ‘bot, Ava, and now they’ve made their way into SAMI, a robot platform created by France’s CRIIF. PrimeSense sensors are found in the robot’s torso (for detecting people) and base (to help it avoid bumping into objects). SAMI’s got a pretty broad spectrum of potential applications, including manufacturing and healthcare — of course, before it goes mainstream in the latter field, we’d recommend a few aesthetic changes to the creepy robot, which took around $100,000 and six people to make. Still we’ve got to give SAMI some credit for keeping so darn fit. Check out video of the ‘bot after the break.
SAMI robot has motion detection from the company behind Kinect’s 3D sensors, washboard abs (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 02:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.