Kinect To Robotic Hand

Today's project was found on Hack-a-day and shows off the work of Cameron Reid, Carlton Beatty, Chris Stubel, Ben Yeh and how they are helping bring about the future with our robot overlords...

A Kinect Controlled Robotic Hand

It’s that time of year again when the senior design projects come rolling in. [Ben], along with his partners [Cameron], [Carlton] and [Chris] have been working on something very ambitious since September: a robotic arm and hand controlled by a Kinect that copies the user’s movements.

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Project Information URL: http://hackaday.com/2013/12/10/a-kinect-controlled-robotic-hand/

Senior Design: Robotic Arm with Kinect Interface – Detailed Report (long post)

Robotic Arm with Kinect Interface

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To put it simply, it’s a robot arm that copies you. Think motion capture, but the results you see in real time on hardware.

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Isn’t she a ‘beaut? Now if I had just said “robotic arm”, I’d think the the typical reaction would be, “ppfftt, what’s so special about that?” Two things makes this stand out.

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The first is the end affector. We did away with the standard open and close claw, and attempted to fashion something that looks and moves like the human hand. Admittedly, functionality wise, it’s not so different from the claw in that the hand simply opens and closes, but it’s a step towards a dextrous hand in the future.

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Project Information URL: http://benpyeh.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/senior-design-robotic-arm-with-kinect-interface-detailed-report-long-post/

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