Bishop State Community College student James Deese has found a way for quadriplegics and the elderly to retrieve items with the use of a robot.
Deese’s Voice Interface Controlled Robot (VICR) was designed using a Kinect interface for the Xbox video game system as the input device for sound. He had to interface four different systems and write a program for his laptop.
Deese is using a state-of-the-art piece of digital equipment found on satellites and deep-space probes called an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) to create a robot that understands language and reacts to voice command.
During a demonstration today at Bishop State's Southwest Campus the 35-year-old Deese showed how his invention works.