NASA is using the latest version of Kinect for Windows to control an off-the-shelf robotic arm remotely, the Kinect for Windows team reports.

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created a system that “links together an Oculus Rift head-mounted display with the gesture-recognition capabilities of Kinect for Windows, enabling a person to manipulate the robotic arm with great precision simply by gesturing his or her real arm.”

The ultimate goal, the team says, is to enhance the control of robots that are far away from Earth, like Mars rovers. But NASA is also exploring partnerships with companies that want to perfect the technology for “Earth-bound applications.”

To read more, head over to the Kinect for Windows blog.

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