One of my favorite children’s games involves marbles rolling through a series of ramps as they are pulled downward by gravity. I built this children’s museum exhibit as a new take on an old game. The robotic system uses sensors and actuators to move balls up, down, left and right. Children place balls anywhere on our device and watch as the robot moves them around! The novelty here is that the robot and the children interact with same physical objects at the same time! (2014)
Low cost series elastic actuator
I’m designing low cost series elastic actuators that will allow me to build complex robots on a graduate student budget. More to come!
I contributed to the riverine mapping project at the Robotics Institute. I rebuilt the robot after several major crashes, helped with field testing as safety pilot, and worked on data processing. Follow these links for more technical information on the exploration planning and state estimation techniques that we used on the robot