Kinect 4 ... holographic optical tweezers

C. Muhiddin*, D. B. Phillips, M. J. Miles, L. Picco, D. M. Carberry

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The 3D position and orientation of a microtool confined in multiple optical traps needs to be controlled in order for one to perform modern, challenging experiments; for example, in order to utilize it as a scanning probe and investigate the surface of optically sensitive cells. The control interface has traditionally used the keyboard/mouse combination-limiting manipulations to a series of 1D/2D transforms. In this paper we demonstrate how the Kinect can be utilized to control the position and orientation of a microtool utilizing macroscopic models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075302
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Optics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • optical tweezers
  • human-computer interfaces
  • micromanipulation
  • DNA


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