WiiBot – sword-wielding, tennis-playing, WiiMote-controlled, friendly robot

Categories: Funny, Insane, Video, Wiimote Hack.

I can see this cool robot creating the first Wiimote related death… But in all seriousness what a great job interfacing the controller to an industrial arm!
Video after the jump.

“Brian and I were talking in his office a couple weeks ago about the Kuka robots’ fast reactions to serial data, and I realized, hey, why not hook it to a WiiMote? We had both fallen for Nintendo’s plucky little controller like everyone else, and had seen plenty of other WiiMote hacks. It had been a number of weeks of work without any rest, so we decided to set aside the coming Saturday to hook up one of the robots to a WiiMote.

The idea was to take one industrial robot, add a laptop talking to a WiiMote, strap on a tennis racket, have it follow the swings that the user makes, and do it all in a few hours on a Saturday so we could get back to our busy schedules. Of course we had to put on a sword too, and if there was time, maybe an Airsoft gun. Also, we wanted it to fight people, but you can’t have everything.

I dragged myself out of bed at noon-thirty and called Brian to see if he still wanted to try the Wii hack. We met at the office (where we spend most of our Saturdays) and I set to work on the WiiMote-to-robot software. He began the epic process of attaching a tennis racket to the KR16 and programming the physical motions into it.

A KR16 is a small industrial robot by Kuka. There were a couple in the shop waiting to be installed for various industrial projects. The one we were using had a polishing wheel on it.”

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Muhamamd Masry

Comment on October 12th, 2009.

Nice work
do you have a training Robot for fencing sport…?

emy

Comment on September 20th, 2011.

Hello i am working on my senior project and i have quite a few questions. I intend to use the wiimote to control a 6 dof robotic arm. I am using the lpcxpresso lpc1769 microprocessor but i have a bit of problem of how to interface the wiimote to the lpcxpresso. The lpcxpresso has a usb host but i want to use a vdip1 host shield as a blue-tooth module and to the lpcxpresso via a uart interface. I was wondering if that would help or any suggestions would be appreciated. Im a newbie to this thanks

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