Clearpath Robotics, Christie Digital create 3D video game with robots [VIDEO]

Robot maker uses state-of-the-art projection mapping technology to create unique gaming experience.

April 2, 2015   by PLANT Staff

KITCHENER, Ont. — Clearpath Robotics and Christie Digital Systems USA have teamed up to create a three-dimensional video game using robots, bridging the companies’ two unrelated technologies.

The project was produced during Clearpath’s “hack week,” where team members experiment and innovate with new technology and ideas. Computer graphics were displayed on the floor using Christie’s 3D projection mapping equipment to create a digital arena, while robots dueled with laser beams.

Clearpath, a Kitchener, Ont.-based developer of robotics meant to automate dirty and dangerous jobs with intelligent service robots, said it was inspired by an MIT project, but wanted to create a version using open source software and run as a completely interactive program.

Using Christie’s overhead 3D projectors, the Clearpath team created an overlay under their Jackal unmanned ground vehicles to display weapons, recharging shields, hitpoints, and sound effects for a two player (or human vs. artificial intelligence) game.

Christie, a visual and technologies company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., provided four of its HD14K-M 14,000 lumens 3DLP projectors and two cameras. The projectors use Christie AutoCal software and are embedded with the company’s Twist software. Christie rigged the four projectors in a 2 x 2 configuration on the ceiling of our warehouse.

The cameras captured what was happening on the floor and sent that information on the Christie AutoCal software, which then automatically aligned and blended the four projectors into one, giant, seamless 30-foot projection-mapped digital canvas. The Christie hardware and software, in conjunction with two of Clearpath’s Jackal robots and computer system allowed for the augmented reality experience to take place.

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