We’ve featured a couple of cool and geeky baby strollers, but Xandon Frogget’s creation trumps them all: a stroller that can drive itself around, or let an adult or toddler steer it themselves, but still avoid obstacles. Because your baby can’t argue his way out of a ticket.
The mechanized stroller is equipped with two Kinect sensors, one facing forward and the other facing backwards. The sensors scan for surrounding obstacles and relay their scouting data to a computer, which then controls the wheelchair motors that drive the wheels. In the demo video below the computer in question is a Nook Color and the steering implement is a Wii controller on a steering wheel attachment.
You can order the other components or an entire mechanized stroller from Frogget’s website. Expect to pay $2,500-$3,500 (USD). It’s expensive, but according to Frogget the wheelchair motors can support up to 300lbs., so perhaps, when the baby – and the neighbors – are asleep, mommy or daddy can take a ride on it and imagine they’re piloting a mech.
[via Hack A Day]