01 Sep

Background Sub-system: human-computer interface Whole objective of the whole system: a novice user could use intuitive 3D hand gesture to express their 3D design ideas on fabrication- and environment-aware designs. Sub-objective of the sub-system: to answer to the key words...

31 Aug

This week I did an integrated test of blimp to achieve horizontal and vertical actuation. The gondola is shown as below: The vertical and horizontal actuation: Your browser does not support the video tag.Your browser does not support the video tag. Next step would be testing a whole integra...

30 Aug

Motivation – The Arduino IDE can only be used to monitor a single port. Arduino IDE does not allow multiple serial ports to be monitored simultaneously. Serial library can be used to read, write and print to different serial ports. Therefore, different ports can be monitored simultaneously from the...

30 Aug

To calculate the volume of helium required for neutral buoyancy based on the mass of components and blimp. Assumptions – Temperature is constant. The gas is purely helium The density of surrounding air is constant Atmospheric pressure is constant Derivations Using the equation - ...

26 Aug

My initial test of the different blimp envelope shapes resulted in the other balloons that I had bought not having a large enough volume of helium to support the weight of the flapping technology that is needed to enable them to traverse space. This was also true in the case that all 3 small balloon...

26 Aug

Recently, I have been working on testing the power consumption of motors. For this part of the experiment, I tested the HobbyPower 8520 Motors while paired with AAA batteries. This is working towards the future goal of understanding the maximum, minimum, and average flight times of given blimp syste...

26 Aug

Background Sub-system: The mapping between hand gesture and object geometry belongs to the sub-system "Human-computer interface". Objective of the sub-system: use intuitive gestures to design (without having to specify which parameter or geometry to change) Challenge: the system hav...

25 Aug

During the past week, I have been doing background study on plate theory. The short term goal is to be able to determine plate behavior when applied loads. The long term goal is to be able to determine behavior of arbitrary foldable structures (which are assembled with plates), with different bounda...

24 Aug

Today I tested the lift force generated by two small propellers. In order to use a kitchen scale to measre the lift, i use a piece of plastic wrap to block the air flow to the scale, which may not be really accurate for the measure. The result is:

24 Aug

I built a prototype version that attached motor propellers on to the clownfish balloon. This experiment is gain more intuition on making the gondola, and testing the speed of clownfish balloon that uses propellers. The experiment set up: Environment Temperature: 21°c Testing space: Length 138...