by Mark (Moonyoung) Lee & Kevin J. Wang:
What is seeing without feeling? The field of Virtual Reality has recently been gaining much attention, with the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard paving the path of visualizing a world that is not physically there. But what if the virtual reality experience could be enhanced by incorporating tactile sensing? The Haptic Glove we developed accomplishes just that – without seeing the physical structure of the object, you will still be able to feel the presence of virtual objects.
The goal of the project is to create an exoskeleton on the forearm arm that provides tactile perception for the user. The volume of the virtual object will be emulated based on the intensity of a light source that is placed inside a black box. Depending on the relative brightness of the source to the phototransistors that are mounted onto the exoskeleton, a distance between the user’s hand and the light source can be determined. By varying the brightness of the LED light source, the size of the virtual object will vary. To provide the tactile perception, servos mounted on the exoskeleton provides a pulling force, preventing the user’s fingers from reaching closer to the light source. In addition to the resistive force that act against the fingers’ movement, there are also flat surfaces at the tips of the exoskeleton that will flip up to make contact with the user’s fingers, which actually provides the sense of touching a real object.
Feeling the light in a whole new way - [Link]
Piccolo, a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform from DiatomStudio:
Using laser-cutting, off-the-shelf hardware and Arduino, you can make your own simple 3 axis robot. Attach a brush or pen to make a quick drawing robot, or extend Piccolo with sensors, custom toolheads, or by using multiple Piccolos together. Experiment with 2D or 3D digital fabrication at a small scale!
Piccolo, a pocket sized open source CNC-bot - [Link]
DIY enthusiasts can build their own smart car with simple kits like building blocks, controlled with Bluetooth 4.0 joystick or app.
With simple communication protocol, the car can achieve human-computer interaction.
BLE Smart Car DIY Guide - [Link]
Re-invented robotic mobility to conquer stairs, bumps and more! The ground robotic revolution is here! Get a platform while they last!
Innovative leaders in robotics technology have recently announced the launch of their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to bring Ground Drone, the next evolution of ground robotics, to the market.
Ground Drone Project: A versatile mobile robotic platform - [Link]
ScratchDuino is a highly customizable, simple and interactive open source robots construction kit based on Arduino. Unique features of ScratchDuino are simplicity of assembly by using magnetic-mount parts and simplicity of programming the AI by MIT Scratch, a visual program language. Scratchduino can be used as an interactive educational open source platform for kids and beginners, as well as a vast experimental kit for advanced robots enthusiasts.
ScratchDuino magnetic robots construction kit - [Link]
The Self-organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard has created a “thousand robot swarm“, named Kilobots, which can self-arrange themselves into shapes and patterns. Each robot in the group moves uses two vibrating motors to move and an infrared TX/RX pair to communicate with its neighbors and to measure their proximity. The Kilobot robot software and hardware design are available open-source for non-commercial use.
Self-organizing Kilobots - [Link]
Here’s a pool cleaner robot built on ATmega by Davide Gironi:
My replacement electronics it is based on ATmega8 micros.
The project is divided into two parts:
The timer contains the 220 AC to low voltage DC current, and it is out of water, his purpose is to start and stop the cleaning pool robot, which of course is inside the swimming pool.
ATmega based pool cleaner robot - [Link]
Sean Hodgins @ idlehandsproject.com writes:
After I built the tiny balancing robot using an IR sensor for stabilization, there was a comment on the youtube video about how it would be a good thing for kids to build and learn about PID controls. I thought that was a great idea, the only problem was that that tiny robot was the simplest of balancing robots. It was just an on off switch for telling the motor which way to move. There was no actual PID implementation in that system. So that got me thinking about how it would have been really cool if in one of my classes where I was learning about control theory I had a robot that actually let you see the changes in a PID system in real time. I decided to take it upon myself to create such a robot.
PIDDYBOT – A Self Balancing Teaching Tool - [Link]
A beautifully designed robotic bartender capable of producing perfect drinks every time, with technology that brings people together.
Barobot is an open source device that pours cocktails by mixing alcohol, soft drinks and sodas. It holds up to 12 bottles and can pour a drink with millitary accuracy!
Barobot features over 1000 cocktail recipes or gives you the option to create your own on the fly. All can be easily accessed via our custom made application on your touchscreen or the user friendly interface on your Smartphone.
Barobots frame – made of either deep black or transparent acrylic glass, comes in either a self assembly kit or an assembled ‘plug and pour’ version. The flat-pack self assembly kit requires no advanced skills or tools (it’s great fun to put together by itself!). Barobot is also illuminated with over 100 individually controlled LEDs that might be set to a number of light-themes or even synchronised to music!
Barobot: A Cocktail Mixing Robot - [Link]
Magnetically actuated micro-robots for advanced manipulation applications:
SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.
Magnetically actuated micro-robots - [Link]