26 Jul

Here is the cubic force-displacement curve obtained after I adjusted the parameters / coefficients based on the results from our experiment.

26 Jul

Heyo I'm Derek. Who I Am I joined the lab at the beginning of the summer as part of the SUSP (Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program), which is basically an REU. I will be working with Amir Omidfar on designing a controller that uses an off center mass to control a rocket. I inherited this projec...

26 Jul

This past week, through multiple attempts of manipulating and exploring the utilities and interactions between ARCore, used to track Augmented Reality environments; ManoMotion, used to track gestures and hand motion in 3D space using the RGB Camera; and a pseudo-version of the Google Cardboard SDK t...

23 Jul

Last week, I found a video online about a course in which students made an origami animals zoo. Inspired by the first robot in the video, the snailbot, I made my own 2D outlines of it using Silhoutte Studio.The red lines indicate where you would cut the outline, the blue dotted lines indicate...

19 Jul

This week I worked on attaching the SCP actuator onto the testing system. To do so, four strings of SCP acututors are created from threads of length of about 35 cm, which is significantly longer than the threads we used before. In doing so, we hope that the stretch of SCP actuator would increase. Ho...

19 Jul

Angela and I have been working on testing the strain of SCP actuator this week. We designed a testing system to allow rapid prototyping for our mechanical loigic. By attaching the actuator on the bistable beam, the strain of the actuator can be measured with small or without preloaded tension. And t...

19 Jul

Grid patterns provide a universal and context-independent presentation of space, which can be further incorporated with the place characteritic for autonomous SLAM. To reach the final goal, we have to know how the position is encoded in the grid cells first.As a periodic structure, we can use von...

19 Jul

This week I'm working on developing a dynamic webpages. Since the initial purpose is to design a UI which can be applied to multiple conditions. That is to say once a input changes, the interface will display in a corresponding way. To realize this dynamic function, my step is:Apply an interfa...

19 Jul

The graphs seem to suggest that the smaller the initial rise of the bistable beam, the longer the SCP actuator, and the more influence temperature change has on the force generated by the actuator, the easier for the bistable beam to snap through. The trends align with our expectations even though t...

19 Jul

Earlier this week, I successfully implemented basic transformations of simple Unity Game Objects such as a cube through ARCore and Gesture Detection. However, as one of our primary goals is to extract the data and update the parameters back to the compiler that Wenzhong has developed, I began to do...