Nao Haka Performance

We worked on a Haka performance this week. A Kinnect senses the movements of the human performer and the system maps this onto the Nao (thanks to Ben Suay). The two main lessons learned have been that the system is not yet robust and that the Nao is struggling with the explosive and aggressive movements of the haka. Maybe this will be another student project. I also learned the necessity of consulting with Maori experts before attempting to replicate their culture. I truly payed off. Henare Te Aika Puanaki’s performance was amazing. He stomped so hard that the camera shook and we have to re-calibrate the vision studio setup.

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