Kinect Sensor Mount
Marc Killpack, Advisor: Prof. Charlie Kemp
After some basic steps to disassemble the Kinect base, this mount allows you to attach 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.
Solid Works Files
- The solidworks CAD file (utm-servo-bracket.sldprt, utm-servo-bracket.igs). This requires Solidworks 2009.
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. After printing the mount, it is helpful to assemble the top and bottom pieces and thread them with an M4 size bit. If you are using the supports for a more rigid mount, make sure to thread the holes in the top plate and the supports at the same time.
Steps to Disassemble Kinect Base and Attach New Mount
The top piece (utm-servo-bracket.sldprt) can now be slid into place over the stem.
Attach the shaft piece now ((utm-servo-bracket.sldprt) and use the small philips screwdriver with the original screw that held the
We didn't want to cause problems with the USB cabling, 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.
- You will need the following ROS packages from our public ROS repository (available at http://code.google.com/p/gt-ros-pkg/wiki/hrl_content_summary)