Archive for January 28th, 2007

Wiimote controlled Robotic Arm

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

What happens when you have geeks with an industrial level robotic arm laying around? Well, take feedback from a Nintendo Wiimote and control it of course! The USMechatronics article stated that they used VB for the software, and Direct X to read the values coming from the joystick (example via CodeProject).

Wiibot

In the video below, you’ll see that these guys managed to take the motion feedback from the Wiimote to swing a tennis racket (actually hitting the ball) and wield a sword!! According to the sources, this arm is capable of moving 16kg of load at full speed and accuracy, so standing a nice distance away is probably a good idea.

via USMechatronics, Coding4Fun, and Robotster