Here at PopSci, we love Kinect hacks, be they applicable for future technology or just for fun. This new hack might just be the one most likely to improve someone's day-to-day life, though. Luis de Matos has rigged hackers' favorite device to make a shopping cart follow a wheelchair user around the store.
The wi-Go project, as it's called, could significantly improve autonomy for disabled shoppers. The video below shows the difficulty of trying to simultaneously operate a cart and a wheelchair and then (beginning around 1:20) a much less stressful shopping trip, courtesy of the wi-Go.
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This is way cool. Though I get a feeling from the video that you have to move at a certain slow speed in order for it to follow. I tend to think if you sped up it would have a harder time tracking you. Perhaps that's just programming. But then i also think that there are jerks out there who would purposely or unsparingly step between the user and the tracking cart. This type of device would be useless in a walmart, too many inbred hillbillies whos only interaction with techonology is the self checkout lines or the cashiers.
Finally putting usefulness with the kinect! Opens up lots of possibilities!
Thank god for Microsoft!
wi-GO projects people. you are on a very good path. please keep up the work and thank you for your hard work.
looks like the kinect is going to good uses besides gaming