We were selected as one of the Pioneers to present our moonshot at the Solve for X Boston event!
If you have not heard of Solve for X and moonshot thinking, check out this video from Google describing it!
Here is some more info about our moonshot idea- Inanimate Object Actuation Adhesive.
All of the objects that we surround ourselves with are stationary- they become obstacles. What if these objects could move around based on our behaviours? A shape-shifting environment where we could bring automation to everything.
Rapidly deploying a system of automated movements for objects unique to different situations does not exist yet.
If we combine the shape-shifting of single objects to make multiple steps, then we could create such a system. It would be a critical help in disaster situations, where the raw human decision making talent is required.
Objects need to be able to move on their own in a repetitive fashion. They need to be able to connect together and create multiple steps of movements.
The technology that can help solve this would be a robot that is light weight, compliant, and not strain itself too much for less power usage. A universal way to mount the robots to the objects would be key. Plus, being able to link together to connect with other robots. The chassis will use origami folds to allow different movements.
If this were to be widespread adopted, the impact would be that making things move will be much more simple and commonplace. Movement would be able to be added to any object with minimal set up. Connecting them together would be able to create systems for rapid deployment of automation.
Our prototypes for this begin with Inanimate Object Actuation Adhesive!
Behind the scenes right now, we are finishing some prototypes right until the very end.
In the works right now is Prototype #2. We took some of the lessons learned from Prototype #1, and used it to start a mathematical model for how long each of the sections should be.
In case you did not see what Prototype #1 was like, here is the video:
We’ve been hitting some problems so far… yikes:
For improving the way the fishing line attaches to the servo, we re-created the same winch design from Evil Mad Science. It holds onto the line really well, so it will be great to use it for this task.
Also in the works is the first version of a wearable robotic device idea. We are using duo-tang material for the chassis, so the robot could wrap around your leg. When it is detached and you press a button (make sure the battery is turned on first…) then it will begin to rove around, firing its laser and white led.
It’s the start of an idea that could be a wearable search and rescue robot. It fits in with the IOAA idea because the two will be able to connect together. Making the single compressing / crunching movement now have wheels. It demonstrates the idea that we will be able to connect these robots together to form more complex movements.
Our prototypes are still in the beginning stage. We are trying to make the ideas happen, even just by a little progress, rather than planning to make something perfect the first try that probably would not even work.
Excited to meet everyone at the event. It is being held at The Grommet. For more details check out GDG North Jersey.
Thank you to all of my maker friends who have been helping out!
We might be trying to organise a mini live Robot Party too. If you are a robot maker near Boston, MA, leave a comment!
Now it’s time to get back to the prototypes! (sound of a soldering iron, soldering)