Helping Hand 

By Juan Lenger

A soft robotics glove project

A glove that can help people with motor deficiencies in the hand, such as those who have suffered strokes, Parkinson's disease, or other conditions that make movement in their hands difficult.

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Presentation Template

Luis Carbajal and Egor Nedelin

A mopping robot

By Egor Nedelin

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Soft Robotics Presentation Aiden Taghinia

Luis Carbajal and Aiden Taghinia

Soft Catapult

Aiden Taghinia

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Putting Electronics into Cardboard Box

Wyatt Fishman
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Diagram of Plastic Bridge Coming out of Box

Wyatt Fishman
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07/13 Desk Crit

Ely Gallardo Hevia

Great job!

To do next:

- Prototype different design ideas in order to choose one. For example, will you use vacuum jamming to stiffen your bridge? 

- Make final prototypes to finalize designs for each individual component.

- Try planning out the time you have left before the deadline. What are the major tasks that you need to do? What are the sub-tasks that need to be done? Estimate how much time each of these tasks will take. 

Summary:

Add as much detail as you can to your design outline. For example: What materials will you use? Which mechanisms will allow you to achieve the behavior you want. 

If your prototypes work, great! It doesn't have to be perfect, this is version 1, we will optimize it later! 

Time is limited - Ask questions whenever you are stuck.

Update on Box Construction

Wyatt Fishman
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I have added the new openings to the box construction and have constructed the mechanisms that I am going to use in the box with the vacuum pump I recieved.

Sketching: Thinking Visually

Andrew Todd Marcus

Soft Gecko Final

Daria Plotz
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Daria's Brief: Inspired by the movement of a gecko, the Soft Gecko is a soft robot that can walk and climb up walls and is powered using only air pressure. Many roboticists base robot designs on animals, but they tend to use hard materials, like motors and rigid plastics. Most animals, on the other hand, are invertebrates made of soft tissues. Soft robots are robots made of soft materials and powered by air and water, and they can easily be used to copy the movement of a "soft" animal. The hope is that the Soft Gecko will inspire roboticists in the future to make robotic animals using soft robotics. The robot itself is slightly larger than a gecko and can be mounted with a camera in order to explore places not accessible by humans or bulky hard robots. Also, since the robot runs on air, it does not require the complex and damage-prone hardware of hard robots. It could be especially helpful to the military or scientists operating in remote areas without access to power. 

The Soft Gecko is powered by increasing and decreasing the air pressure in flexible, 3D-printed legs that are heat-sealed inside plastic bags. Because of the accordion shape of the legs, they contract when the air pressure is decreased and expand when the pressure is increased again. Combined with silicone-molded suction cups that allow the robot to stick to the wall or floor and pull itself up, these legs allow the Soft Gecko to walk and climb. The legs were created using technology developed by Harvard, but they have never been used to power a robot. The user will control the robot by controlling an air compressor that powers the legs and suction cups instead of having to deal with complex electronics.

Soft Gecko Final

Daria Plotz
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Daria's Brief: Inspired by the movement of a gecko, the Soft Gecko is a soft robot that can walk and climb up walls and is powered using only air pressure. Many roboticists base robot designs on animals, but they tend to use hard materials, like motors and rigid plastics. Most animals, on the other hand, are invertebrates made of soft tissues. Soft robots are robots made of soft materials and powered by air and water, and they can easily be used to copy the movement of a "soft" animal. The hope is that the Soft Gecko will inspire roboticists in the future to make robotic animals using soft robotics. The robot itself is slightly larger than a gecko and can be mounted with a camera in order to explore places not accessible by humans or bulky hard robots. Also, since the robot runs on air, it does not require the complex and damage-prone hardware of hard robots. It could be especially helpful to the military or scientists operating in remote areas without access to power. 

The Soft Gecko is powered by increasing and decreasing the air pressure in flexible, 3D-printed legs that are heat-sealed inside plastic bags. Because of the accordion shape of the legs, they contract when the air pressure is decreased and expand when the pressure is increased again. Combined with silicone-molded suction cups that allow the robot to stick to the wall or floor and pull itself up, these legs allow the Soft Gecko to walk and climb. The legs were created using technology developed by Harvard, but they have never been used to power a robot. The user will control the robot by controlling an air compressor that powers the legs and suction cups instead of having to deal with complex electronics.