Projects at think[box]

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AIMbot March 22, 2017

AIMbot (Automated Inventory Management Robot) is a robot designed to autonomously store and retrieve packages inside of a warehouse. It operates using an omnidirectional mecanum drivetrain, a dual scissor lift, and a 5-axis articulated arm with a suction gripper. The platform's modular architecture allows it to also be configured for custom applications. Designed by Wyatt Slifcak, the first prototype was made at Think[box].

Contact: Wyatt Slifcak - wrks4y@gmail.com

 

SnoreCoach March 20, 2017

SnoreCoach monitors your sleep position during the night. It communicates with an app called SnoreTrack (iOS and Android versions available), which listens to you while you sleep and analyzes your snore patterns to look for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you are snoring and are on your back, SnoreTrack sends a signal back to the SnoreCoach telling it to vibrate. A good percentage of snoring and apnea events are positional in nature, and this product combination empowers users to change their sleep habits to lessen snoring and sleep apnea.

Contact: Phil Ryder - phil@huneo.com

Otter Skull Fossil March 9, 2017

Siamogale melilutra is a newly discovered fossil otter species from Southwestern China dated to about 6 million years old. At over 100 lbs, it is one of the largest otter species known to science. An international team of scientists, including Dr. Denise Su at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, recovered many specimens of this new species, including a complete cranium. The cranium was flattened through the fossilization process and required digital reconstruction, which took months. Through a collaboration with think[box], the reconstructed cranium was 3D printed. This 3D print of the cranium facilitated comparative analyses with other otter species (both extant and fossil). Dr. Su is continuing her collaboration with think[box] to improve the resolution of the printed cranium for future research on the functional morphology of the otter.

Contact: Denise Su - dsu@cmnh.org

nCamp Stove February 27, 2017

This compact wood-burning camping stove uses fuel that is readily available in forests - sticks, twigs, and other combustible material. By using renewable and readily-available fuel, this stove eliminates packaging/trash associated with canned fuel.

Contact: Dan Cuffaro - dcuffaro@sbcglobal.net

RVS Rubber Solutions February 10, 2017

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 100 million pounds of tire components discarded during the manufacturing process are dumped in landfills nationally each year because the body ply—the tire’s largest component—can’t be effectively recycled. But RVS Rubber Solutions, a student startup based at Case Western Reserve University, believes it’s come up with a solution to this environmental hazard: new technology called Resonant Vibrational Separation (RVS) that extracts the rubber and steel from within the components in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. 

Learn more about RVS Rubber Solutions here.

Cast Glass Artwork February 7, 2017

Cleveland Institute of Art glass student, Mark Rubelowsky, turned laser cut plywood into a cast glass masterpiece. Using the think[box] laser cutters, he created a multi-layered wood mold lakeside. He used this mold to make a negative out of rubber, which he then used to cast a wax positive identical to the wooden mold. A plaster and silica mold was built around the wax positive, and the wax was steamed out to empty the mold. Then, Mark filled the plaster mold with glass powder and cullet, and fired the piece.

Contact: Mark Rubelowsky - mrubelowsky@student.cia.edu

 

Wireless Low-Power Low-Cost IMU February 2, 2017

Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are self-contained systems that measure linear and angular motion, usually with a triad of gyroscopes and triad of accelerometers. IMU's are used in robotics, structural health monitoring, autonomous vehicles, and more. This self-contained IMU prototype uses the MPU9250 sensor package which uses magnetic field and temperature data to compensate for the drift problems typically seen in gyroscopes and accelerometers. Data is packetized by a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller and transmitted to a desktop computer using the XBee protocol. Compared to commercially-available IMU's, this prototype is low-cost (under $100), low-power (less than 330 mW including the wireless transmitter), and miniature. Research is underway on novel approaches to further minimize sensor drift and improve accuracy.

Contact: Yang Yang - yxy379@case.edu

Reflexion Edge January 24, 2017

The Reflexion Edge is a portable, affordable, and fast concussion screening solution. This prototype was displayed at CES 2017 where over 160 news articles and social media posts reported on it. It is capable of monitoring a host of neurocognitive and psychomotor functions including depth perception, peripheral awareness, balance, complex reaction time, and memory. A user stands in front of the device and interacts with light patterns that appears on the device by touching the integrated touch screens. Data is collected during a thirty second trial that is performed weekly. Deviations from a developed trend line are used to spot potential concussions and pull athletes from play. 

Contact: Matthew Campagna - mac383@case.edu

Hedgemon January 19, 2017

Hedgemon, LLC is a biomimicry start-up developing hedgehog-inspired impact protection technology for concussion prevention.

Contact: Nathan Swift - nate@hedgemon.net

CrystalE - Energy Harvesting Sensor Network January 19, 2017

Description: This innovation in hassle-free building sensor networks will allow facilities to implement HVAC and other sensor networks without the up-front cost of wired sensor networks and yet without the recurring cost of batteries conventionally used in these types of systems. A mechanical energy harvester powers an ASIC sensor, both designed by Dr. Phillip Feng's research group. The information and power is fed to an existing ultra low-power 200 microwatt transmitter. The resulting system is cheaper and longer-lasting than competitive products on the market today.

Contact:
Xuqian Zheng - xxz331@case.edu
Dr Phillip Feng - philip.feng@case.edu
Dr Max Wang - zenghui.wang@case.edu