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Image of the project KartBot
Short Description: The goal of the project is to develop an interactive game between an autonomous robot and a remotely-controlled one, based on the metaphor of the game Mario Kart Wii.
Coordinator: AndreaBonarini (andrea.bonarini@polimi.it)
Tutor: AndreaBonarini (andrea.bonarini@polimi.it)
Students: ElisaDui (dui.elisa@gmail.com), DavideTessaro (davide.tessaro@gmail.com)
Research Area: Robotics
Research Topic: Robogames
Start: 20/04/2013
End: 20/04/2014
Status: Active
Level: Ms

The goal of the project is to develop a game totally inspired to Mario Kart Wii. It consists in a race among karts (I-Racer) where players can get strange weapons to obstacle their opponents trying to win the race.



We use Arduino Micro board either to manage sensors and to implement low level control:


Single board computer used to implement intelligence, image processing and strategy. More information about here. Out instance is running ArchLinux ARM

Wiicam (opponent kart recognition)

Recognition of opponent kart is performed by wiicam, an IR camera mounted on Wii Remote. In its natural habitat is used to find out at most 4 infrared sources, usually mounted on wii bar, calculating Wii Remote position and orientations wrt them. In our scenario we have interfaced wiiCam to Arduino using this simple circuit circuit and we have mounted a wii bar in the back of the opponent kart.

Useful links

  • OpenCV, C++ optimezed library for image processing. More information about here


    Out thesis is available in pdf format via poliTesi after April 29, 2014.