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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