This is my school project for the 5th year of high school (I'm Italian, we have 5 years of high school).
It consists in an artificial hand controlled by a glove with flex sensors. The artificial hand reproduces the movements of the hand with the control glove, wirelessly. The hand and the glove works both with Arduino.
I just wanted to share my work for everyone interested :)
This guide is still in development, sorry if some parts are not clear, I'll put some 3D images in future.
I'm sharing something about my project on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Gabry295
Step 1: Materials needed
I bought almost everything from https://www.sparkfun.com/, they have fair prices (I don't mean to advertise!)
Total cost: ABOUT 160$
The materials needed for the control glove are:
- an elastic glove;
- LilyPad Arduino board (there are different versions, which usually only have 4 analog inputs, so pay attention and buy the one in the image): it works exactly like the classic Arduino UNO, so you can use even an Arduino Nano, but pay attention to the voltage needed;
- XBee module: for the radio communication;
- Shield to connect the Xbee module;
- 5 Flex sensors;
- 5 resistors: 47 KΩ;
- battery pack with 3x1.5 V batteries (Lilypad can be powered from 2.7 to 5.5 V, so 4.5 V it's ok);
- LilyPad FTDI adapter: to connect the LilyPad board to the PC and load programs with the Arduino IDE (quite optional, because you can use also the Arduino UNO board removing the ATmega chip, but it's tricky to make this kind of connection every time).
The materials needed for the robotic hand are:
- a steel structure for the palm of the hand and wood for the fingers;
- Arduino UNO board;
- XBee module;
- 5 servomotors;
- a servomotor shield for Arduino UNO: to connect the servomotors I used the Robot_Shield from FuturaElettronica, which has also a switching regulator to power the entire circuit, but you can use any shield made for controlling servomotors. Link: https://store.open-electronics.org/index.php?_route_=Robot%20shield%20for%20Arduino;
- Shield to connect the XBee module (I made an horrible one, but it's economic and I needed to make one small because of the size of the Robot_Shield);
- fishing wires;
- fihing sinkers (to secure the fishing wire);
- 9 V Battery.
- angle grinder (mainly to cut wood and steel);
- axial grinder;
- welding machine (with electrodes);
- soldering station and solder;
- electrician's scissors;
- heat shrink tubing.