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NASA uses Kinect, Oculus Rift to control robot arm

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NASA's foray into the gaming world might not be what you'd expect. Researchers are now using the Xbox One sensor and an Oculus Rift to control a robot arm in real time.

Manipulation works by combing position tracking from the Kinect with the Oculus Rift's rotational tracking and first-person perspective. In the video, which you can watch above, the user is able to pick up a block virtually, which in turn translates to the real-life robot arm.

The video also shows off a potential application of the technology: robonauts in space stations. NASA eventually hopes to integrate sensor array data to humanoid robots on the International Space Station.