A robotic seeing-eye dog uses Microsoft's XBox 360 Kinect peripheral and will be released commercially in 2020.

Japanese robot maker NSK has unleashed the latest prototype of its robotic seeing-eye dog. This helpful hound uses Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect peripheral to sense the world around it.

The dog zips around on four wheels, tugging along his visually-impaired friend on an leash-like handle. But when the robodog spies a set of stairs, he really comes into his own.

First up, the Kinect uses its raft of 3D-sensing cameras to recognise the height of the staircase and the width of the individual steps. It feeds this into an algorithm so it can scale safely and securely.

This content is available for Basic Members.
Already a member, log in