Desktop Laser Turret with Kinect Head Tracking

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Desktop Laser Turret with Kinect Head Tracking by eried Nov 19, 2012
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Protect yourself with this badass desktop laser turret.
Hit every Cornea of your enemy thanks to the depth tracking in Kinect.
Preview: http://youtu.be/5igo_fVqvLI
Working: http://youtu.be/tMSnQYZAMJc
Remember to use protection goggles based on your laser wavelength!


  1. The laser adaptor works with any cheap DX.com laser, the current one is a 200 mW green laser but tweaked (internal potentiometer). Sketchup files are included if you need to tweak the adaptor, the hole is for the cable of the laser module.
  2. Print and assemble the turret. I used epoxy adhesive to assemble the servo clips on the printed pieces.
  3. Arduino Code (Servo handling): https://github.com/eried/LaserTurretKinect/blob/master/Arduino/LaserTurretKinect.ino
  4. Kinect Code (in progress, Head tracking uses the MS SDK, I am still thinking on making an auto calibration routine, i.e. finding a flashing laser dot or just a manual calibration): https://github.com/eried/LaserTurretKinect/tree/master/Binaries
    Sourcecode: https://github.com/eried/LaserTurretKinect

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I finished the code :D calibration is hard to do because you need a human "body" for the Kinect to track, but maybe an option is just to use a recorded Kinect session.