Since the launch of Kinect, hackers from everywhere have been using it to not play video games, but use it in experiments that benefit mankind in one way or the other. One of the hacks have been the Kinect driven lounge chair. Recently, Luis de Matos created a shopping cart that, if ever launched as a product, will be a huge blessing for people with disabilities (especially for those in wheelchairs), elderly people and pregnant women who cannot carry heavy items. In this project the shopping cart is connected to a Kinect which in turn is connected to a laptop. The cart stays behind the shopper and follows them as and when they move, and stops at a safe distance when the shopper stops to look at an item and/ or to put that item in the cart. The idea behind this cart is to provide comfort and allow people with physical disabilities to shop easily, thus improving their quality of life.
Watch the following video for a quick demo of this project.