This week our students from Computing in the Creative Arts had a public exhibit of their term projects. This project is close to my heart as I worked closely with this particular group of students who despite having very little technical background were deeply passionate about creating an interactive robot capable of expressing emotions and interacting with people.
The students involved were
Lauren Abramsky [portfolio]
Kristy Titanic [portfolio]
Jesse Shaw [portfolio]
The instructors were
Antonio Gomes (myself) [portfolio]
Paul Strohmeier [portfolio]
I have submitted this project to the robots and arduino contests. If you like it, your vote is appreciated :)
I present you "Goon Quad". In this version, Goon Quad has 4 prerecorded states ("angry","party","confused","breathe"), triggered by the touch of a person in areas specified by the eyebrows and a tattoo that read "Mom", painted with bare conductive and used as capacitive sensors.
My students just finished editing their video! Cheer them up with some comments and likes on YouTube :)
To enable the robot to record new motions, 8 analog feedback servos were used. As of now, we are only using one leg to record and translating it into the remaining 3. v2 will feature a fully programmable robot. Here's an example of the recording motion in action (arms and base video below)
In the step by step I will provide all the .stl files and early iterations of the robot. Assembly should be self-explanatory by looking at the images but if anyone as any questions or requests for laser cutter friendly formats I am happy to provide those. Just leave me a note in the comments section!
Hope you like this project and feedback is very much appreciated
Step 1: 1. Parts List
1x Power Distribution Board [link]
1x Arduino Mega [link]
8x Analog Feedback Servos [link]
1x Zippy Flightmax 1000mAh 15C [link]
1x Bare Conductive Pen [link]
3x 10M Ohm Resistors
4x RGB Leds