Tim Jacobsen controls a reprap 3d printer with LEAP.
“I hacked this together today. I can see a new era of automation where we just ‘show’ robots what we do and they can copy us.
Make a giant delta bot with GPS guided wheels and you could use this technique to stick something like a spade on it and then it can dig your own trenches once you teach it the movements to dig…
This here is pretty straight forward if you can code. – Write a program to take the leap motion controller xyz inputs and send then to the rep rap as G code over the serial interface. (3 steps you see)
Leap Motion Controller of course!
Leap Motion Developers account –https://developer.leapmotion.com/
Leap Motion JS – https://github.com/leapmotion/leapjs
LibReprap – https://github.com/Ralith/libreprap
Reprap Utils – https://github.com/Ralith/reprap-utils
* Smoothing the motion – it’s too jumpy, need to take averages and ignore far fetched pickups.
* Adding a record and play back function. This will save the recordings to a database. – Then I can modify the speeds & path and re-send them back to the printer! (think translate, smooth, delete random points etc). Great for pick & place type situations.
I will release my software as OpenSource but it’s just a pile of mess right now. I would like donations to encourage me to keep working on it.”
Check out Tim’s youtube channel for updates: Tim Jacobsen