I’m slugging my way through the end of a project and I needed something to take my mind off it for a bit so I found my first vanity 3D print – a KUKA KR180 robot arm. This scale model is fully articulated. I used an M3 screw with the head cut off to hold the wrist onto the elbow without sacrificing movement. You can get all the files on thingiverse but I found I needed to fix a number of broken meshes. To save you time, here are all the files for KUKA KR180 including the fixes. A couple more M3s will hold the rest of the parts together and I used some hot glue to hold the two halves of the humerus together. I really find this model inspiring, I hope one day soon to build my own.
An 8 foot pole, atop which are 9 Kinect bars facing outward. Their cameras cover 360 degrees around the pole, and together they create a color 3d map of the entire surroundings. The user wears 3D goggles like Occulus Rift and can see themselves in the third person, look behind themselves without turning, peek around corners, and more. Imagine combining it with a UAV or a live satellite feed!
I could probably come up with a lot of BS about human interaction, the nature of technology in society, man’s relation to himself when reduced to an avatar, etc… but the truth is I think it’s just a really neat idea.