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Project Updates: Robotic Arm

By: Marcus Blaisdell

This semester, our objectives were to transfer the existing vision system from Python to C++. Vitaly has ported the majority of the OpenCV code to C++ and we can use it to detect different contrasts. We have purchased a Kinect camera and modified it to use standard USB and have it running on a PC. Marcus has learned how to write C++ code to write to the serial port to get the C++ programs to control the Arduino microsontroller that is controlling the arm. We are going to focus on getting C++ OpenCV to recognize shapes and then improve that to recognize chess pieces.

The featured image is a selfie taken from the functioning Kinect of Marcus, Conner, and Kily (from left to right).

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Marcus soldering Kinect wires.

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Kily cutting and connecting Kinect wires as we modify the Kinect to use standard USB to connect to a PC/Mac.