Physical Computing Studio

CMU | Spring 2016 | 48-390

Month

January 2016

Looking Outwards: Exploratorium Drawbot

  Explained: It’s structure is simple: a flat bed suspended from its corners by wire so that it can smoothly swing, and a single arm that firmly presses a marker on a sheet of paper (drawing as the bed oscillates).   Chosen: The drawing… Continue Reading →

Looking Outwards: 2 DOF Plotting Robotic Arm – Arduino Platform

2 DOF Plotting Robotic Arm – Arduino Platform Created by Gregory Bourke EXPLAINED: This robot is a simple 2-d control system that can draw out inputs from a computer onto paper like a printer. There is a joint in the mechanism that… Continue Reading →

Looking Outwards: uArm Robot Arm Powered By Arduino

uArm Robot Arm Powered By Arduino Created by the UFad group EXPLAINED: This is a robot arm that is able to to move in 3 dimensions and swivel. It is modeled after a manufacturing robot and can pick objects up and… Continue Reading →

Looking Outwards: C3D4

EXPLAINED: A sumo robot who uses extreme speed to knock its opponent out of the ring. CHOSEN: I chose this robot because it has very good documentation and because it is one of the many sumo bots that use extreme speed… Continue Reading →

Looking Outwards: Autonomous Sumo Combat Robot with Pneumatic Flipper

EXPLAINED: A sumo robot that uses a flipper to help get its opponents out of the ring. CHOSEN: I chose this robot because it is one of the few small sumo robots to use an attack besides ramming to get their opponent… Continue Reading →

PROJECT 2 – Sensor [Part 1]

OBJECTIVE Make a sensor from a microphone that measures/detects an environmental condition that is not an audio source. You must convert some other physical energy (displacement, light, electricity, heat) to sound to be sensed by your microphone : DETAILS The first week… Continue Reading →

Project 1 – Sumo Bots

Process     Abstract Sumo Bots are a pair of miniature robots looking to wipe the opponent out of a small arena. Inspired by a conglomerate of robots that are put in combat with each other, these Sumo Bots are… Continue Reading →

Looking Outwards: Moon Arts

The Moon Drawings Project is an initiative by the CMU based Moon Arts Team that will use a rover to draw pictures on the moon.   Chosen: Unlike the other two drawing machines, I chose this piece due to it’s deeper… Continue Reading →

Looking Outward: Harvey Moon

Explained: Using an actuator based reel system, artist Harvey Moon is able to draw complex images with this machine.   Chosen: Like the first piece I chose, I loved how this drawing machine uses simple motion to create dynamic results…. Continue Reading →

Looking Outward: Lelah Mehran

Intro: I recently went to a show opening at the Miller Gallery by the name of “Maximum Minimum In Unum.” One of the pieces displayed was “Entropic Order” by Laleh Mehran. http://lalehmehran.com/Entropic-Order Explained: In this work, a pendulum-like device is… Continue Reading →

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