Using the 3D Gesture Tracking Shield for Raspberry Pi MGC3130 the Hackster.io Seeed channel has created a Raspberry Pi controlled robotic arm. The tutorial has been classed as a beginner project and should take approximately one hour to complete. The Seeed 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield for Raspberry Pi is available to purchase priced at just $12.90 and is based on Microchip MGC3130 chip, which enables the Raspberry Pi with 3D gesture recognition and motion tracking function.
“The strip areas can sense the orientation change, including the North, South, West, and East. The central area can sense touch, tap, double click, and gestures in the air above. That’s why we call it 3D Gesture & Tracking Shield, you don’t even need to touch the central area directly, just wave your hand above the central area, and this shield can sense your movements.
Thanks to the Microchip’s patented GestIC technology, this shield utilises electrical near-field sensing to detect movements. The shield generates a magnetic field above the central panel when the hand approaches, it will interfere with the magnetic field, and the magnetic field receiver below the shield can detect the change.”
Features and specifications of the Raspberry Pi gesture control panel include
– Recognition of 3D Hand Gestures and x, y, z Positional Data
– Proximity and Touch Sensing
– Built-in Colibri Gesture Suite (running on chip)
– Advanced 3D Signal Processing Unit
– Detection Range: 0 to 10 cm
– On-chip Auto Calibration
– Compatible with various models of Raspberry Pi 2, 3 and 4
Jump over to our previous article if you would like to learn more about the different Raspberry Pi operating systems available and which one is best for your project.