Monthly Archives: October 2010

Outside-o-meter


The Outside-o-meter
by
group 2

The spinning LED display

We just produced a video of our project and released it on YouTube.
Go watch it!!

3D LED display sphere with snake game and earth map.

Whack-A-Pad Game

/Group 14 (Peiyao, Jörgen, Pekka, Joakim, Allen)

The TerraSimula

The TerraSimula subjects a plant to the weather conditions currently present somewhere on earth. Want to find out what the weather is like back home in Reykjavík? Is it nighttime in Tokyo? Is the weather in Buenos Aires as good as they say it is? The TerraSimula can answer all of these questions and maybe even keep a plant of your choice alive and prospering.

By pressing a button on the world map the TerraSimula download weather data from the internet and tries to mimic the conditions by emulating rain, wind and sun- and moonlight conditions. Groving moss and lichen just like in Iceland has never before been this easy!

 

TS1 prototype

The ready TerraSimula prototype in the lab

 

 

Rainfall

Per checking out some heavy rainfall

 

/Group 10

Duckwatch

A duck rescue game.

Rescue the helpless little duck from drowning. Swim over, grab a hold and bring him to the lighthouse. Be sure to watch out for the obstacles in the water while paddling.

The little duck can paddle with it’s flippers and is controlled by two cranks on a pedestal. A miniproject in the Physical Computing course taken at the masters program Interaction Design at Chalmers University of Technology.

Group 3
Tim, Martin, Onur, Tommi & Emil

Tweenbots

Here is a fun way for people to interact with robots: Tweenbots!
It’s a project by Kacie Kinzer.
She created a number of small robots, put flags on them with destinations, and then sent them down the street in different directions, relying on people on the streets to help them reach their goals.

Apparently, this worked pretty well! Many of the Tweenbots actually reached their intended destinations. Not even one of the bots was damaged or lost, which I think is incredible given this was in New York!

Read more and watch the clip here!

Tobias Johansson, Group G

Dean Kamen’s Robot Arm

Everybody knows about the concept of replacing parts of the human body for mechanical ones from scifi-movies. These techniques may however be closer to publical release than you think.

Dean Kamen, inventor of the segway, has been working on a prosthetic arm for some time. The arm is special in that it is controlled with the same nerves that a normal arm is “controlled” with. This is done by relocating nerves from the original arm to the breast muscle of a patient thus giving the patient the ability to control this muscle via the same “inputs” as had it been the arm. Sensors are then connected to this muscle, and these sensors are connected to the robotic arm.

References
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/05/dean-kamens-rob/
http://gizmodo.com/243278/dean-kamen-cyborg-arm

It is easy to find out more about on the web.

/Erik Einebrant