GestureBots: Intuitive Control for Small Robots
GestureBots is a hardware platform that allows users to control small robots using gestures. Gestures are more intuitive and easier to remember than commands on a keyboard, and can be more expressive with minimal effort.
The GestureBot system consists of a gesture recognition glove and a series of GestureBots, which are small, microcontroller controlled and servo actuated robots. The system is standalone, and can be used without a computer. Communication between the glove and the GestureBots is conducted over a wireless connection, which provides flexibility in deployment and usage.
Full details of the project can be found in the paper: GestureBots
Images of the GestureBot System
Close up of the spoon-bot’s servomotors
The GestureBot Controller board and glove
I intend to carry out some of the future work specified in the paper, and this does seem like an interesting project to conduct a long term study on. More updates will be posted to http://www.gesturebots.com (once the site is put up).