Kinect Sensor Mount

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Author

Marc Killpack, Advisor: Prof. Charlie Kemp

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.

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

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. 

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