Projects at think[box]

 

Alula July 17, 2018

Alula is a phone case that conveniently stores and dispenses daily birth control pills. Missed doses can reduce birth control’s effectiveness by as much as 8% per day. Alula’s phone application and case tracks the pills and reminds the owner to take their pills at optimal times.

Website: https://www.myalula.com

Copper Rose July 9, 2018

Sean Liu made this copper flower using the waterjet cutter to cut out the flower petals before polishing and shaping them into the finished piece.

Contact:

Sean Liu - sxl1026@case.edu

 

Philos-R June 19, 2018

Social robots interact and communicate with humans by following social behaviors and rules attached to their roles. This friendly robot continues a line of research projects that study human-robot interaction. Although commercially-available social robots now exist in the markplace, this project demonstrates a more affordable solution that offloads intensive computer processes to a cloud server to achieve low-cost yet real-time interaction with humans. Graduate students Xiao Liu and Tao Liu developed these systems in Professor Kiju Lee's Distributed Intelligence and Robotics Lab (dirLAB).

Website: https://case.edu/mae/robotics/philos.html

Contact:

Tao Liu- txl302@case.edu
Xiao Liu- xxl697@case.edu

 

Autonomous Welder June 7, 2018

The AW-1 by Path Robotics is an autonomous robotic welder. It uses proprietary image processing techniques to automatically find and weld seams. There is no programming, and the user does not need to provide CAD models as the machine is capable of operating automatically with zero prior knowledge of the part to be welded.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA6IPaYZ-MA

Contact:

Andrew Lonsberry - agl10@case.edu
Alex Lonsberry - ajl17@case.edu
Matthew Klein - mak177@case.edu

Smart Glove June 7, 2018

Embedded electronics in this glove allow it to function as an innovative remote control device. Data from flexible resistive sensors in four fingers along with a force-sensing resistor in the thumb are transmitted using an XBee radio communication module to the receiving equipment. To test this technology, the glove was used to remotely control a small research robot in Professor Kiju Lee's Distributed Intelligence & Robotics Laboratory.

Website: http://case.edu/mae/robotics/

Contact:

Chuanqi Zheng - cxz304@case.edu

Reconfigurable Origami Antenna June 7, 2018

This radio signal tracking robot incorporates a collapsing planar antenna constructed from a laminate of aluminum foil and paper. When antenna is deployed, the robot will rotate and continuously measure the signal strength of a nearby radio transmitter. When the angular direction of the maximum signal strength is found, the robot will move in that direction a fixed amount and iterate this process to eventually locate the source of the transmitter. Graduate student Chuanqi Zheng built this research robot in Professor Kiju Lee's Distributed Intelligence & Robotics Laboratory.

Website: http://case.edu/mae/robotics/

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-SmMecmRro

Contact:

Chuanqi Zheng - cxz304@case.edu

Steel Forge June 5, 2018

A team of two undergraduate students, Tom Milyo and Ian Finlay, built this propane-fired steel forge capable of reaching 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The forge was constructed from a compressed air tank lined with a ceramic wool insulation material called kaowool that was coated in a refractory cement called ITC-100 to protect the wool from structural damage during firing.

Contact:

Tom Milyo - tjm139@case.edu
Ian Finlay - pif@case.edu

Mothbot June 5, 2018

MothBot is a biologically-inspired research project to create a robot that mimics the Manduca Sexta hawkmoth. Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles (FWMAV) are a relatively new branch of robotics currently being explored by the Biorobotics Group. The test stand includes a laser-cut acrylic enclosure to house a microcontroller and control surfaces in addition to a 100-gram micro load cell that measures the lift force generated by the flapping of the polymer wings.

Contact:

Kenneth Moses- kcm7@case.edu

Badar's Workshop May 30, 2018

Badar Kayani, a think[box] student worker, shares his projects and builds with others through Badar’s Workshop to encourage hands-on making experiences for everyone. His fun and useful projects include a bike-mounted protein bar holster, a desktop fume extractor for soldering, and a homemade power supply for electronics. Subscribe to Badar’s Workshop on YouTube , Instructables, Instagram, and Facebook to see what he’s making next!

Contact:

Badar Kayani - bxk299@case.edu

Bayesian Autonomous Broadcasting Sentry (BABS) May 30, 2018

This robot is called the Bayesian Autonomous Broadcasting Sentry(BABS) Research Robot Platform. The Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery (MeRCIS) Robotics lab uses BABS for various research and senior capstone projects. The chassis and other structual components were fabricated in think[box].

Contact:

Dr. Wyatt Newman- wsn@case.edu