Gesture controlled robotic hand

Inspired by the control system for the AMP suits in the movie Avatar, [Feelpavan] built this gesture controlled robotic hand. So far there is functionality for the wrists to rotate and bend, as well as for the fingers to flex (but not individually). This is accomplished by three servo motors on the hand assembly. The instructions for the hand are gathered from your own hand, through the use of an accelerometer and an Arduino that he built himself. Check it out after the break.

Comments

  1. The ThunderBird says:

    Interesting build, but wouldn’t the fingers be easier to handle via stretch-resistors rather than an accelerometer?

  2. drew says:

    this is awesome. I’d rig it to a manipulating apparatus inside a clean room under vacuum for work with hazardous materials.

  3. Volfram says:

    “Interesting build, but wouldn’t the fingers be easier to handle via stretch-resistors rather than an accelerometer?”

    But then you’d miss the whole “Amp Suit is motion-controlled” thing.

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this myself, since 2000, when Escaflowne did it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK38WzlNvfk

  4. DanielK says:

    I was thinking of Landmates from Appleseed and Ghost in the shell when I saw this.

  5. japkin says:

    All this made me think about was the robotic clown suit in the movie F/X 2.

    Yes, I realize it’s fake, but it was cool back then!

  6. mike says:

    i would use flex-sensors for the fingers, just like http://hackaday.com/2010/10/04/from-sign-language-to-spoken-language/

  7. Sasha says:

    I saw this and thought immediately of the “waldoes” from the short story “Waldo” by Robert Heinlein.
    Been around a lot longer than you think.

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