Design and Development of Ball Catching Robotic Arm
Kartik Sharma1, Gianetan Singh Sekhon2

1Kartik Sharma, M. Tech. Student, Yadavindra College of Engineering, Punjabi University Patiala (Panjab), India.
2Gianetan Singh Sekhon, Asst. Prof., Incharge C.E., Yadavindra College of Engineering, Punjabi University Patiala (Panjab), India.
Manuscript received on 18 August 2012 | Revised Manuscript received on 25 August 2012 | Manuscript published on 30 August 2012 | PP: 94-99 | Volume-1 Issue-3, August 2012 | Retrieval Number: C0267071312/2012©BEIESP
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Abstract: This paper presents a ball catching robotic arm system with 3DOF assembled from the commercially available parts. Other than the previous research work a mechatronically complex system were designed. We have designed a very simple arm which is able to move for catching the ball when it has to move. The given robotic arm system is low cost implementation compare to the previous one. In this system, a single camera system is use to perceive the trajectory of the ball, the system detects the ball in each frame with the help of a fast mean shift algorithm. It calculates the shift of the mean of the identified color intensity and according to that it sends the control commands over the serial port to the robotic arm via ZigBee. The basic objective to catch the flying object at the expected location. This catcher robotic arm can catch the ball thrown to it from 5-6 meter with an average success rate of 70-75%
Keywords: Ball Catching Robotic Arm; Robotics; Robotic Vision

Scope of the Article: Robotics Engineering