Nasa guides Mars Rover with Kinect
Lunar Lander de nos jours
Nasa has launched a free game for Kinect owners which sees players guide the Mars Rover through its landing sequence.
The game - a joint venture with Smoking Gun Interactive - puts players through the "seven minutes of terror" landing procedure, which makes use of Nasa's as-yet-untested system for reducing the vehicle's speed ahead of its Martian touchdown.
Wave hello to the Martians
Would-be probe landers can access Mars Rover Landing through the Xbox Live Marketplace or alternatively a forthcoming area on the Xbox 360 dashboard dedicated to the Curiosity rover.
How the actual landing, due in two weeks' time, will turn out is anyone's guess, but at least now you can perform your own dry run by waving your hands in front of the telly. As long as you're not too 'outta space' for Kinect, of course. ®
Anyone going to add a Beagle-2 mod ... where the Xbox ignores the controller and lets the probe plunge to its doom!
I was involved in a high school robotics competition this past year, as a mentor. Teams were given free Kinects to use for controlling these machines, which were competing in a sort-of-basketball game. A lot of beautiful software, loads of lovely hardware, many terrific implementations that would shame not a few professional builders but nary a Kinect to be seen controlling any robot, not in our division which included about 200 teams.
Kinect is largely useless for this type of work. The screenshot is not at all surprising.
Isn't this already built in?
"The game - a joint venture with Smoking Gun Interactive - puts players through the "seven minutes of terror" landing procedure"
Better than the "several years of tedium" second stage of the game, as players have to painstakingly collect and catalogue rock samples while avoiding difficult terrain, Martian storms and system malfunctions, I guess.
Do you get to fire the Heat Ray?