Critical Toys

Sep 30

futurescope:

Zoobotics is developing modular animal-like robots made from paper, wood or plastics that can be assembled with a few tools

A startup from Hamburg (Germany) is experimenting with tetra- and hexapods, made from cardboard and paper. All technical functions are controlled by an Arduino Uno. Estimated base price incl all parts and reusable components atm around 300 €. They’re aiming for a crowdfunding release at the end of 2014. Count me in.

Description of Zuri 01:

ZURI is a programmable robot made from paper and grey cardboard. This motion machine, conceived of as a kit, can be assembled with a few tools (cutter, ruler, cutting mat, bone folder, glue and screwdriver). In addition to a distance sensor, the Paper Robot has servo motors, servo controllers and a Bluetooth module for wireless control via PC or smartphone.

ZURI is a modular robotic system. It is based on two leg variants (2DOF / 3DOF) and two different body modules (1M / 2M). The combination of leg and body modules allows for a lot of robot variations. This results in different degrees of difficulty regarding programming and coordination of the running gaits.

The ZURI-PAPERBOT-SYSTEM combines disciplines such as modeling, the use of electronics and programming. It is perfect for use in the classroom.

[Zoobotics] [long feature in german on golem] [all pictures by zoobotics]


Sep 28
The Soft Robotics Toolkit is a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. The toolkit was developed as part of educational research being undertaken in the Harvard Biodesign Lab. The ultimate aim of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work. The toolkit includes an open source fluidic control board, detailed design documentation describing a wide range of soft robotic components (including actuators and sensors), and related files that can be downloaded and used in the design, manufacture, and operation of soft robots. In combination with low material costs and increasingly accessible rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills, the toolkit enables soft robotic components to be produced easily and affordably. Each section of the site focuses on a soft robotic device or component, and includes the following sections: Design: A description of the device and how it works, with related design files that can be downloaded and guidelines on potential modifications you could make to the design.
Fabrication: A bill of materials listing all of the parts, materials, and equipment you will need to build your own device, plus a detailed set of instructions for you to follow.
Modeling: A discussion of modeling and analysis approaches you can use to predict and understand the behavior of the device and optimize your design.
Testing: In order to validate your models and better understand your device, you will need to carry out empirical tests. This section describes the tests that other designers and researchers have carried out and that may provide inspiration for the design of your own experiments.
Case Studies: Examples of how others have used the device or component for real-world applications.
Downloads: All of the files related to the design, fabrication, modeling, testing, and control of the device. (via Soft Robotics Toolkit)

The Soft Robotics Toolkit is a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. The toolkit was developed as part of educational research being undertaken in the Harvard Biodesign Lab. The ultimate aim of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work. The toolkit includes an open source fluidic control board, detailed design documentation describing a wide range of soft robotic components (including actuators and sensors), and related files that can be downloaded and used in the design, manufacture, and operation of soft robots. In combination with low material costs and increasingly accessible rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills, the toolkit enables soft robotic components to be produced easily and affordably. Each section of the site focuses on a soft robotic device or component, and includes the following sections: Design: A description of the device and how it works, with related design files that can be downloaded and guidelines on potential modifications you could make to the design.
Fabrication: A bill of materials listing all of the parts, materials, and equipment you will need to build your own device, plus a detailed set of instructions for you to follow.
Modeling: A discussion of modeling and analysis approaches you can use to predict and understand the behavior of the device and optimize your design.
Testing: In order to validate your models and better understand your device, you will need to carry out empirical tests. This section describes the tests that other designers and researchers have carried out and that may provide inspiration for the design of your own experiments.
Case Studies: Examples of how others have used the device or component for real-world applications.
Downloads: All of the files related to the design, fabrication, modeling, testing, and control of the device. (via Soft Robotics Toolkit)


futurescope:

Harvard Biodesign Lab: Soft Robotics Toolkit

Several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin have developed a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices, called the Soft Robotics Toolit.

The toolkit was developed as part of educational research being undertaken in the Harvard Biodesign Lab. The ultimate aim of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work. The toolkit includes an open source fluidic control board, detailed design documentation describing a wide range of soft robotic components (including actuators and sensors), and related files that can be downloaded and used in the design, manufacture, and operation of soft robots. In combination with low material costs and increasingly accessible rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills, the toolkit enables soft robotic components to be produced easily and affordably.

Each section of the site focuses on a soft robotic device or component, and includes the following sections:

  • Design: A description of the device and how it works, with related design files that can be downloaded and guidelines on potential modifications you could make to the design.
  • Fabrication: A bill of materials listing all of the parts, materials, and equipment you will need to build your own device, plus a detailed set of instructions for you to follow.
  • Modeling: A discussion of modeling and analysis approaches you can use to predict and understand the behavior of the device and optimize your design.
  • Testing: In order to validate your models and better understand your device, you will need to carry out empirical tests. This section describes the tests that other designers and researchers have carried out and that may provide inspiration for the design of your own experiments.
  • Case Studies: Examples of how others have used the device or component for real-world applications.
  • Downloads: All of the files related to the design, fabrication, modeling, testing, and control of the device.

The content on this site is drawn from projects carried out in a number of research labs. Our aim is to improve and expand the toolkit by welcoming feedback and contributions from the soft robotics community. If you have an interest in advancing the field and engaging with this community, please get in touch!

[Soft Robotics Toolkit] [paper]

(via emergentfutures)


“He worked with a design team that prototyped an educational television set that could be utilized in the developing countries of Africa and produced in Japan for $9.00 per set (cost in 1970 dollars). His designed products also included a remarkable transistor radio, made from ordinary metal food cans and powered by a burning candle, that was designed to actually be produced cheaply in developing countries.” Victor Papanek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via iamdanw)

Sep 26

designboom:

stained glass driverless sleeper car of the future by dominic wilcox
all photos by sylvain deleu

sleep on the go in this autonomous vehicle designed for 2059.

(via thaumatropia)


Sep 25

futurescope:

Harvard researchers have created an unthethered jumping soft robot

A soft robot that uses an “explosive actuator” to propel itself? Yes, please. IEEE features a weird flesh-tone silicone robot, created by Harvard researchers, that could come straight out of a Cronenberg/Gilliam/Carpenter Mashup. Fortunately, the jumps are still very imprecise. Nevertheless, robotic facehuggers!!!11!

The robot’s three legs can be inflated pneumatically, which allows it to orient itself to control the direction of launch. Once it’s pointing the right way, butane (from an internal canister) and oxygen (generated from a mixture of manganese and hydrogen peroxide) are injected into the springy looking appendage at the bottom. A spark is produced, which ignites the mixture, causing an explosion that launches the robot 0.6 meter (7.5 times its body height) into the air. It’s important to note that everything required for the robot to orient and jump is on-board: this is completely untethered and independent of any external infrastructure.

[read more]

(via emergentfutures)


cinoh:

carpentrix:
A lot of people, mostly men, when I say I work as a carpenter, ask me about a toolbelt. I never owned one. I’ve envied and admired M’s, which is worn in like a good pair of boots, but it never felt right to buy myself one, all fresh and stiff. After all, I can shove nails in my front pockets, a pencil in the back, clip a tape to my right hip. And maybe more so it was a doubting if I’d earned one yet.
For this deck project we just finished, we worked with M’s old boss. We arrived at work one early morning and he said, “Got a present for you,” and he pulled out this belt that used to be his and I didn’t think it could really be for me, that maybe it was on loan for the day. I put it on, around my hips, and loved the way it felt, soft and strong, well worn, experienced, an experienced belt. “It’s yours to keep if you want it,” he said. It’s an object that feels instilled with something, some power, used and useful, and I couldn’t believe how cool it felt to wear. I said thank you, thank you, which didn’t do justice to how grateful, flattered, and surprised I was by this good gift.

cinoh:

carpentrix:

A lot of people, mostly men, when I say I work as a carpenter, ask me about a toolbelt. I never owned one. I’ve envied and admired M’s, which is worn in like a good pair of boots, but it never felt right to buy myself one, all fresh and stiff. After all, I can shove nails in my front pockets, a pencil in the back, clip a tape to my right hip. And maybe more so it was a doubting if I’d earned one yet.

For this deck project we just finished, we worked with M’s old boss. We arrived at work one early morning and he said, “Got a present for you,” and he pulled out this belt that used to be his and I didn’t think it could really be for me, that maybe it was on loan for the day. I put it on, around my hips, and loved the way it felt, soft and strong, well worn, experienced, an experienced belt. “It’s yours to keep if you want it,” he said. It’s an object that feels instilled with something, some power, used and useful, and I couldn’t believe how cool it felt to wear. I said thank you, thank you, which didn’t do justice to how grateful, flattered, and surprised I was by this good gift.


Sep 23
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Observe famous historical events and interact with the people who made them happen! Ideal for students, architects, artists, and anyone else who wants to experience history as it really was! (via TimeTraveller™)


bearhatalice:

Today, I was walking to Trader Joe’s when I came across an art fair. It seemed pretty run-of-the-mill: mostly paintings and jewelry, a few clothing booths, and so forth. On my way out, the last booth I passed was selling furniture and household goods made from reclaimed wood. What caught my eye were large wooden chests, almost like foot lockers.


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Instantly I was taken back to my childhood, I had one of these that my parents always called my “toy chest”. It was nowhere near as beautiful as this one, but it sat at the end of my bed as a bedrock of growing up. Over the years the toys inside changed, but it was always there, and probably still remains in my Mom’s house. We are not speaking right now, and I am not sure my toy chest would survive a cross-country move. It got pretty beat up over the years, the casters each came off one at a time. The corner had the finish scraped off entirely by my alto saxophone, as I sat on it practicing. When I was four we moved into a different house, and I only remember a few things from before that move but one of them was pride in telling one of my parents’ friends that my toy chest was coming with us.

All of this came back to me in an instant as I walked through the booth. I ran through the potential scenarios where I could use this chest. Did I have a need to store something? Not really. Where in my apartment would it go? No clue. Do I need it? Of course not.

I asked how much they cost and the answer was about what I expected. High, but rightfully so, and not the kind of amount you spend on a whim on a Sunday afternoon. I thanked them and walked over to Trader Joe’s.

The entire time I was in the store, I could not get the chest out of my mind. When I finished checking out, I walked back over to the art fair. There were more people at the booth now, and both of the men working there were showing off cutting boards and dressers.

I walked back up to the chest and lifted up the lid. It was heavy. The scent of fresh pine was immediate. Actual fresh pine, not the chemical smell you get with cleaning supplies. I asked one of the men working the booth if they had a card, and he fumbled around until he handed me a small slip of paper with the artist’s name, phone number and AOL email address. He said they were from San Diego.

Walking back to my car, I thought about how if I had children (I am probably not going to), I would want them to have this chest, or one like it. For it to be there for them the way my toy chest was there for me. I thought about the childhood I would want to give my imaginary children, about the family I would have. I thought about the life choices I have made that put me in this place, walking alone in Los Angeles on a Sunday afternoon.

But mostly I thought about the chest. I am still thinking about it.

(via wilwheaton)



Sep 21

prostheticknowledge:

WirePrint

Prototyping 3D printing method from HPI reduces construction time of model making by a tenth creating wireframe versions of forms - video embedded below:

WirePrint prints 3D objects as wireframe previews. By extruding filament directly into 3D space instead of printing layer-wise, it achieves a speed-up of up to a factor of 10, allowing designers to iterate more quickly in the early stages of design …

Even though considered a rapid prototyping tool, 3D printing is so slow that a reasonably sized object requires printing overnight. This slows designers down to a single iteration per day. With WirePrint, we propose to instead print low-fidelity wireframe previews in the early stages of the design process. Wireframe previews are 3D prints in which surfaces have been replaced with a wireframe mesh. Since wireframe previews are to scale and represent the overall shape of the 3D object, they allow users to quickly verify key aspects of their 3D design, such as the ergonomic fit.

More Here

(via notational)


Sep 20

prostheticknowledge:

3D Printed ArcheAge

Curious little project by caretdashcaret reconstructs a game avatar with photogrammetry app Catch 123D and 3D prints the results:

Here’s my 3D print of a Firran from the video game ArcheAge

Instead of using the in-game models for 3D printing, I took a lot of screenshots and reconstructed a model using photogrammetry.

Whilst to some it maybe pointless, it is an interesting experiment in modern mediation - applying a computed reconstruction method on an already virtual object, observing the differences between the two …

You can find out more about the process here
An interactive model of the scene can be found here
caretdashcaret also has a Tumblr blog here
[h/t: Jeffrey Huber]



Sep 18

Sep 8

girls-on-girls-on-bikes:

fixdetroit:

lacletaoficial:

steffgutovska:

I got to meet the most amazing people in Zurich. These guys ride despite of 1000 Euro fine for riding brakeless. Huge respect. 

Esto es estilo de vida.

Damn thats legit. I like that disassembled bike on the wall too. 

1000 euros? that’s insane


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