Advisor: Walter Potter
The “Bones” project started during my research in the summer of 2013. The original idea came from the movie Real Steel, in which a robot has the ability to shadow a human character’s movements. The objective of this King project is to manipulate and redesign a robot arm to be able to move an entire biology skeleton and have the robot mirror a human’s movements. Xbox Kinect gives us a series of input information that can be used to move different servos and motors on the robot. Over the summer, I created the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints that are able to move without help of the muscle system that the human body has.
In this project, the main challenge is to create a joint system for the robot, with muscles replaced by wires, computers and servos. The combination of several programs running on different computers will all interface with the Kinect system.