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== Author ==
 
== Author ==
Marc Killpack, Advisor: Prof. Charlie Kemp
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Marc Killpack (http://www.prism.gatech.edu/~mkillpack3), Advisor: Prof. Charlie Kemp
  
 
== Use ==
 
== Use ==
After some basic steps to disassemble the base of the Kinect, this mount allows you to attach the Kinect sensor to a robot or other fixture (see examples below from HRL).  If the intended purpose is for static use, there is a shaft that allows you to orient the Kinect plus or minus 30 degrees.  If the purpose is to attach the Kinect to a moving part/robot, then we recommend the use of the supports as seen below in the instructions.  We developed this as an alternative to having to open up the actual sensor casing and use its screw holes.
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After some basic steps to disassemble the base of the Kinect, we can use the mount described here to attach the Kinect sensor to a robot or other fixture (see examples below from HRL).  If the intended purpose is for static use, there is a shaft that allows you to orient the Kinect plus or minus 30 degrees.  If the purpose is to attach the Kinect to a moving part/robot, then we recommend the use of the supports as seen below in the instructions.  We developed this as an alternative to having to open up the actual sensor casing and use its screw holes.
  
 
== Making the Kinect Mount ==
 
== Making the Kinect Mount ==
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File:Kinect mount12.jpg|The [[Media:top_gen.sldprt|top_piece]] can now be slid into place over the stem.
 
File:Kinect mount12.jpg|The [[Media:top_gen.sldprt|top_piece]] can now be slid into place over the stem.
 
File:Kinect mount13.jpg|Now turn the top 90 degrees, making sure the slot is facing towards the back of the sensor.
 
File:Kinect mount13.jpg|Now turn the top 90 degrees, making sure the slot is facing towards the back of the sensor.
File:Kinect mount14.jpg|Attach the [[Media:shaft_gen.sldprt|shaft]] piece now and use the small philips screwdriver with the original screw that held the  
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File:Kinect mount14.jpg|Attach the [[Media:shaft_gen.sldprt|shaft]] piece using the small philips screwdriver with the screw that held the original gear in place.
File:Kinect mount15.jpg|You can now assemble the top and bottom of the plastic mount.  Make sure to get the Kinect cable inside properly to relieve strain.  You can now attach M4 screws to keep the case shut and the shaft in place.
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File:Kinect mount14.jpg|(Wrong picture here) Attach a layer of double sided tape (any padding around 2-3 mm will do) to the supports leaving the paper on the side that is towards the kinect.  This allows us to slide the supports into place and get a firm fit before attaching them to the top piece using M3 X 10 screws.
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File:Kinect mount15.jpg|Assemble the top and bottom of the plastic mount.  Make sure to get the Kinect cable inside properly to relieve strain.  Then attach M4 screws to keep the case shut and the shaft and crank in place.
 
File:Kinect mount15.jpg|holder place for other images from solid works
 
File:Kinect mount15.jpg|holder place for other images from solid works
 
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Revision as of 00:13, 1 March 2011

Author

Marc Killpack (http://www.prism.gatech.edu/~mkillpack3), Advisor: Prof. Charlie Kemp

Use

After some basic steps to disassemble the base of the Kinect, we can use the mount described here to attach the Kinect sensor to a robot or other fixture (see examples below from HRL). If the intended purpose is for static use, there is a shaft that allows you to orient the Kinect plus or minus 30 degrees. If the purpose is to attach the Kinect to a moving part/robot, then we recommend the use of the supports as seen below in the instructions. We developed this as an alternative to having to open up the actual sensor casing and use its screw holes.

Making the Kinect Mount

We used a 3D printer to make our mount out of ABS plastic. The same parts could be machined out of metal if desired but would likely require some modifications to the tolerances and the thicknesses of some parts. The following explains the basic assembly of the mount from start to finish (see list of Solid Works files available for download following the assembly instructions below).


Steps to Disassemble Kinect Base and Attach New Mount


Solid Works Files

The main solid works files necessary for the mount are as follows:

The following files are examples of how we have modified the original to work for our robots:


Power

We didn't want to cause problems with the USB cable, so we cut the power cord below the split to USB and the Kinect connector. Being careful to verify polarity, we hooked the Kinect up to a 12V power supply that is loosely regulated and we have had no issues so far.

Examples of Kinect Mounts at HRL