The Hand is an interactive installation designed, built, and exhibited in 2017 with collaborator Tong Wu. The piece was conceived as an exploration of how humans interact with humanoid machines. Can you build a machine with a personality? How would someone respond to it if you did?
The Hand is composed of a 3D printed arm with fully articulating fingers, controlled by individual motors. It hangs inside of a laser cut acrylic enclosure, rotating on a steel pipe that runs through the middle of the forearm. Users interact with The Hand via Leap Motion gesture tracking.
ITP winter show setup and testing
COLLABORATOR: Tong Wu
MY ROLE: Concept creation, physical & interaction design, mechanical engineering, software development, fabrication
CATEGORIES: Physical computing, rapid prototyping, mechanical engineering, 3D design, 3D printing, CAD, fabrication, installation
TOOLKIT: Arduino, Leap Motion, Node.js, Vectorworks, Illustrator, CURA, Ultimaker 2+
DATE: December 2017
Iterating on wrist cover mount design
Testing user status indication
Testing hand tendons
Original glove prototype, prior to using Leap Motion for input tracking
Debugging gesture input on glove prototype
Dialing in arm movement in the enclosure
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