Faculty Advisor

Ciaraldi, Michael J.

Faculty Advisor

Rong, Yiming

Project Center

Shanghai, China


With technology advancing at an astronomical rate, we are witnessing events today that a few years ago were only conceptualized in movies. From humanoid robots to the famous Mars Rover, the possibilities are endless. Leap Motion is an example of ground-breaking technology that has the potential to change the way we control machines and therefore, how we control our world! Leap Motion is a sensor that is currently used to navigate through a personal computer with just hand gestures. For our MQP, the team has used this technology to control a physical robot arm. For the second part of this project, the team used SolidWorks to design a six-degree-of–freedom robot arm with five human-like fingers. The robot was designed to be controlled by Leap Motion, with human hand gestures as the input.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

July 2015


Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering