August 22, 2013

The Arduino-powered voice-controlled prosthetic arm

If simple robots and dual-motor tanks are starting to bore you, it's now possible to start work on that next cyborg or Terminator. All you need is an Arduino, a voice-recognition shield, some servos, a 3D printer and some spare time. This is exactly what Instructables user "mizchief100" has done with the results being a voice-controlled prosthetic hand and arm. The VR shield receives various predetermined words and feeds them back to the Arduino, which then interprets the message into servo control signals. Each servo is connected to a part of the hand, and with a combination of movements a degree of realism can be created. Watch the following video to see a detailed demonstration:

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