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...

17 Jul

The Matlab model can now build successfully, and with zero thrust, the flyer will free fall. The scopes are added to print out the position in the initial frame, thrust, and rotation of the body frame relative to the global frame. The unit delay modules are added so a the flyer module could pass its...

13 Jul

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to discuss and share my learning across several meetings with teammates in my lab, my supervisors, and also fellow researchers who were also immersed in their individual studies. Initially, my main goal and motivation for pursuing this research project in fu...

13 Jul

This week, we started writing instructions for the two wheeled robot. While the level of difficulty to build this robot is not substantial, we found it may be a bit much for middle school students to build as their first paper folded robot. Because of this, we decided to start off with something muc...

13 Jul

Creation of robots is quite a time-intensive and challenging task. Using LEMUR's RoCo has now made the process much faster, simpler and cheaper. The goal of this project is to make use of this easy process to introduce robotics and teach basic Math and Science lessons to young middle school studen...

12 Jul

This week I worked on analyzing the strain of supercoiled polymer(SCP) actuator of a new nylon string. By using various weights and current during annealing process, I found that the strain during annealing process is about 10-15%. However, after annealing, the strain significantly reduces. In the n...