The Party Photographer aka Roborazzi

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I haven’t posted to much lately since I’m heads down in a couple different projects these days but I wanted to put this up to hear your thoughts around @ home robotics. I originally published this post on the Microsoft Robotics Blog

Smile for the camera!

It’s estimated that 3.5 trillion photos have been taken since the first pinhole camera. Even if you account for population growth the progression of photography is mind boggling. Did you know that we take 4 times as many photos compared to 10 years ago and Facebook currently hosts over 140 billion of them, with an additional 70 billion more expected this year? (1000memories.com)

Technology has made it possible to capture images of every party, birthday, summer BBQ and family gathering in rich detail while sharing them with friends around the world. So what does all of this have to do with Robotics? Greg Shirakyan, a developer on the Microsoft Robotics team, used Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4) and the first implementation of the RDS4 Reference Platform specifications from Parallax (EDDIE) to make it even easier to capture these memories.

Party Photographer aka Roborazzi

 

Greg’s party photographer is designed to wander autonomously, engaging people by detecting them using Microsoft Kinect’s skeletal tracking capabilities and once they’re in frame EDDIE snaps a pic. Once the image has been captured you can have the picture uploaded to Flickr. Roborazzi alleviates the need for individuals to capture the special memories at an event and allows them to focus

 

What’s Next

Greg’s Roborazzi is a great solution that plays to relevant trends in human behavior however, it’s not the end all be all solution. What if Roborazzi merged all the photos of an event in a three-dimensional experience like “The Moment” , breaking the mold of presenting images in a timeline?  Images are not the only media that EDDIE can capture and parties are not the only scenario where innovative robotic solutions can be created. Your imagination is the limit.

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