Hands-On The PlayStation Move Powered Robot

By Spencer . March 3, 2011 . 12:33am

psmovemeUsing two PlayStation Move controllers I drove a robot across the floor of Sony’s GDC booth. Holding down the trigger buttons on both wands makes the robot roll forward. Since each trigger controls a different wheel you can hold down one trigger to make the robot spin in a circle. That’s probably the more complicated way to make the robot turn, moving the wands left or right works too.


See the red ball? The robot can grab it with a claw mounted on front. Press the Move buttons and extend your arms out, as if you were the claw, to open it. Move your arms back together to close the claw and grab the ball.


So, how does the robot work? The robot communicates with a computer via bluetooth. The computer is linked to a PlayStation 3 through a local area network (LAN). Finally, the camera connected to your PS3 picks up data from the PlayStation Move controllers.


Developers and hobbyists will be able to download this software from the PlayStation Store soon. The PlayStation 3 to PC connectivity software is called Move.me. Once installed, users can send PlayStation Move telemetry data to up to four applications simultaneously. Move.Me will be a paid download, but Sony has not announced a price for the software development kit.

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  • Testsubject909

    So… PS3, it only does everything?

  • Paid? Ew.

  • Developers and hobbyists will be able to download this software from the PlayStation Store soon. The PlayStation 3 to PC connectivity software is called Move.me.

    World domination, here I come.

  • Mr. Spencer always gets to do the coolest stuff!!!

  • Is this a joke? No one is bored enough to play with the PS Moves just to move a movable robot. Like srsly ppl…

    • Considering what people do in research environments with new user interfaces, I do not see what there is to complain about as a PS Move and such is affordable and Im quite sure people interested in the field would be interested in developing new uses for it.

      • New uses for one minor gaming system controller? Yeah, I see no need for that… In a few years the PS Move will be burned and buried anyway. But hey whatever makes people happy, at least I think that moving a robot with a PS Move is completely useless and stupid idea (we’ve had remote controllable robots since what 1903 or smt…)

        • Apparently you haven’t been keeping track of all the medical applications and other crazy stuff people are doing with the Wii remote? Game controllers like Kinect, Wii Remote, and Move definitely have uses outside of the gaming arena and they’re cheap solutions to boot.

          • You just reminded me about that Tots on Bots research program at Ithaca.

    • Although it was neat to see, this demo wasn’t just about the robot. It’s a proof of concept for software that allows the PS Move to be used for other applications.

  • Great stuff Spencer. Thanks for reporting about this.

    At the end of the article you mention Move.Me will be a “paid download”. Is this your assumption or did some Sony rep tell you so?

    • This isn’t an assumption, I was told Move.Me will be a paid download, although there is a pre-launch program where groups can apply to get a free copy.

      • Yep, already applied :)

        Thanks for the confirmation.

        • Do check back and let us know your experience with it (if you get it)! It seems fantastic.

  • Code

    Badass, now we just need another robot and make them fight >w<~!

  • Kontact007

    Geez the Move is going to do what no other motion controller is doing!

  • WyattEpp

    Great, so now they just need to stop suing other academics and…oh dear me, this is embarrassing, now isn’t it?

  • I’m sure this is just a cover up for Gundam’s control mechanism :P

  • I’m not surprised at the new ways they’re using the Move…it’s clearly superior, technology-wise.

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