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  1. Custom joystick to control robot arm

    Hello,

    I just wanted to share my latest project with the forum. I have created a custom input device to control movements on a robotic arm. I believe this kind of system is most commonly called a telemetry suit but in my case I don't think it could be called a suit.

    The input arm shows up as a standard windows joystick so it could be used for games or other applications as well however the input arm was designed to match the size and movements of the arm exactly. Some tweaking of the scales are needed especially for the base but it gives you an idea of what I was going for.

    Video:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZwnyZPkylk"]YouTube - Controlling a robot arm naturally[/ame]


    I have created a video showing how easy the robot arm is to control when using this type of input device. A tutorial on how I did this exactly and what parts I used will come soon.

    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited by Alex; 08-22-2008 at 10:43 AM. Reason: attempt to fix the YouTube video

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    Re: Custom joystick to control robot arm

    HakBot, welcome to the forum.
    Very cool stuff! That makes me want to drop all my current projects and build a telemetry suit!

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    Re: Custom joystick to control robot arm

    Very very cool! That is an amazing looking controller! +1 rep for sure!
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    Re: Custom joystick to control robot arm

    Ah, This is what I need for my Robotic arm prize, Look forward to your tutorial Hakbot.
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    Re: Custom joystick to control robot arm

    Nicely done. I like the mini rover on your site too! Feel free to also post your tutorials in our tutorials section and linkback to your site as PR. (as long as the actual tutorial is here in full) You are doing some cool stuff.

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I will definitely be posting more in this forum!

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    Re: Custom joystick to control robot arm

    I love this! I always wanted one of those waldos from Andromeda Strain.

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    Love it... I hope to do something like that in the future.

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    Nice!!!! love that control, looks awesome!

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    Re: Custom joystick to control robot arm

    Quote Originally Posted by HakBot View Post
    Hello,

    I just wanted to share my latest project with the forum. I have created a custom input device to control movements on a robotic arm. I believe this kind of system is most commonly called a telemetry suit but in my case I don't think it could be called a suit.
    Welcome to TRC! It's good to see you over here. You do very cool stuff! I watched the video, and it's amazing how this works. I did notice a little bit of the arm getting out of sync with the controller when you bring it back all the way. That could just be a calibration issue. With two of these on a robot with a camera, there would be some amazing possibilities..

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