Robots and mechanized limbs are becoming an extension of human functions. Through the Kinect, developers are producing new and interesting ways to control robots and use them for various functions. Another one of these great examples comes from developers Miriam Dall’Igna, Criaco Castro and Enrique Ramos who programmed the Kinect to control a Delta-Robot. The mechanical contraption is often used for lifting or extracting objects and are usually controlled by buttons or control sticks. In the video however, the team programmed the Kinect to gather the motion data of a user’s hand. The data is then translated to become the robot’s movement, effectively making the user’s hand as the controller of the Delta-Robot. The metal arm responds accordingly to the user’s hand gestures, ascending and descending based on the hand’s movement and the clamp opens and closes based on the user’s finger position.
For more information about the Kinect Delta-Robot, visit the project’s Vimeo Page.