SF Hardware meetup this week with Sarah Petkus

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The next Hardware Developers Didactic Galactic (HDDG) take place at SupplyFrame in San Francisco this Thursday with Sarah Petkus and Ryan Cousins:

HDDG 32: Communicating with the Unseen

Come enjoy yummy snacks and bevs and hear fascinating talks by these kickass engineers.

Sarah Petkus – SHE BON: Using Body-data to communicate the intimate and the unseen

Ryan Cousins – How and Why We Failed at Everything (So You Don’t Have To)

HDDG 32: Communicating with the Unseen

Thursday, Jul 12, 2018, 6:30 PM

Supplyframe / Hackaday San Francisco Office
500 3rd Street, Suite 230 San Francisco, CA

54 Hardware Developers Attending

Come enjoy yummy snacks and bevs and hear fascinating talks by these kickass engineers. Sarah Petkus – SHE BON: Using Body-data to communicate the intimate and the unseen Ryan Cousins – How and Why We Failed at Everything (So You Don’t Have To) Sarah Petkus is a kinetic artist, roboticist, and transhumanist from Las Vegas, who designs electronic an…

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Sarah Petkus is a kinetic artist, roboticist, and transhumanist from Las Vegas, who designs electronic and mechanical devices which encourage reflection regarding the human relationship with technology.

Their talk will be about a series of wearable augments built to facilitate in sensing, tracking, and indicating one’s level of excitement (or arousal)! Each of the wearables uses a variety of sensors as input to influence quirky electronic and mechanical devices of my design as output. The goal in doing so is not only to create a stellar suit of electronic armor (or amour), but also to help facilitate a dialogue about sex and intimacy amongst my peers that is relatable, honest, healthy, and fun.

Ryan Cousins is cofounder and CEO of krtkl inc. Based in Silicon Valley, krtkl (“critical”) makes life easier for companies developing heavily connected and automated products. Ryan earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering – with an emphasis in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics – from UCLA. He has worked in both R&D and business capacities across a variety of markets, including medical and embedded, and has been granted a European patent.

After years of working on embedded systems, product development, manufacturing, and startup-ing, Ryan has had the “pleasure” of experiencing nearly every type of failure a hardware business has to offer. Ryan will share some humorous – and horrifying – anecdotes from his arduous journey, along with some key takeaways that will (hopefully) prevent others from making the same mistakes.

After the talks, there will be demos, community announcements, and socializing. If you’d like to give a 2 minute demo/ community announcement, please see the organizers when you arrive to get set up.

A community announcement includes looking for a project partner, a job, offering a project/ job, the announcement of your startup launch, your Crowdfunding pitch, etc.

We’re looking forward to seeing you Thursday, July 12th, at 6:30pm!

SF Hardware meetup this week with Sarah Petkus

Open Source Turtle Robot Kit Teaches Beginners & Creates Beautiful Art

 writes on the Tindie blog about this robotics kit from The Maker’s Box:

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Open Source Turtle Robot Kit Teaches Beginners & Creates Beautiful Art

The Open Source Turtle Robot (OSTR) was created as the basis for a two-day workshop where high school students could gain hands-on experience with engineering concepts. The finished robot even creates interesting pieces of art via pen plotting with Turtle graphics.

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The project is Arduino compatible for ease of programming and powered by 4 AA batteries to make it cost effective. Stepper motors were chosen for accurate motion, and the parts were 3D printed for easy customization.

Open Source Turtle Robot Kit Teaches Beginners & Creates Beautiful Art

Arduino Neural Network Robot

Sean Hodgins created an Arduino-based robot that avoids light by navigating using a neural network:
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This project is meant to teach about utilizing neural networks in robotic platforms. There will be a 3 part video series on the Make YouTube channel on building the robot. It will start with prototyping and design, then move onto assembly and testing, and finally programming and running the neural network. You will be able to follow along and make your own robot in the end.

Part 2: Soldering and Assembly

 

 

Arduino Neural Network Robot

Donkey Self-Driving Car

Kwabena Agyeman shows how to create a DIY Robocar forked off of the “Donkey” Self-Driving car platform using the OpenMV Cam

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Donkey Self-Driving Car

The OpenMV Cam Donkey Car is designed to be easy to build out of parts that you can buy online and assemble together with basic tools. Below is the list of essential parts you’ll need to build the self-driving car.

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Here is the car in action:

kwagyeman has shared the servo controller board on OSH Park:

OpenMV Cam Servo Controller

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Order from OSH Park

Donkey Self-Driving Car

PIDDYBOT: DIY Arduino Balancing Robot

Sean Hodgins designed this open source balancing robot to help teach PID control:

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The PIDDYBOT

The PIDDYBOT is currently using a Atmega32u4 microncontroller. It uses 3 potentiometers that allow you to manually tune the PID loop to get the robot balancing. This allows you to see how each term affects the performance of the system. It is a great teaching tool for the classroom and is currently being used by students at McMaster University.
The design files and source code is available on GitHub:

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PIDDYBOT: DIY Arduino Balancing Robot

Mr. Runner

Alex Martin is creating a four legged robot with a running bound gait:

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Mr. Runner

The aim of this project is to lower the barrier of entry into dynamic robotics. After seeing Boston Dynamic’s Wildcat I became interested in working on something similar, but was disappointed with what the hobbiest scene had to offer. They all used static locomotion. I wanted it to feel alive!

I hope that if people can see that this style of robotics is reproducible with basic development skills, it will attract a wider range of people to legged robots than just those who want to see a vaguely spider looking device re-implement the same kinematic equations over and over again.

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The approach is based on the work of Fumiya Iida and Rolf Pfiefer at the University of Zurich in the mid 2000’s. Dr. Pfeifer is well known in the field of embodied cognitive science, and these experiments were an attempt to generate movement in quadruped robots based on those principles.

Mr. Runner

DIY 6-Axis Micro Manipulator

[David Brown]’s entry for The Hackaday Prize is a design for a tool that normally exists only as an expensive piece of industrial equipment; out of the reach of normal experimenters, in other words. That tool is a 6-axis micro manipulator and is essentially a small robotic actuator that is capable of very small, very precise movements.…

via Hackaday Prize Entry: DIY 6-Axis Micro Manipulator — Hackaday

DIY 6-Axis Micro Manipulator