an exploration in Human Robot Interaction
INTEGRATIVE DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY
This is a self-guided research project still in development for 16-867 within CMU's Human Computer Interaction Institute
|collaboration w/||Jake Zimmer, CMU 2020|
computer vision (xBox Kinect)
|skills||project management, human-centered research, Physical UX|
This project was conceived due to an interest in the levitating capabilities of magnets and the potential to achieve unique movement. After some ideation, we were able to come up with a system of pulleys and strings to suspend "levi" within a wall mounted frame.
Levi is a levitating robot friend, conceived with one goal in mind-- to incite a positive reaction in the user. Levi serves as an outlet to explore the bounds of "the uncanny valley" and robotic motion. Featuring body components that "levitate" due to magnetic repulsion, we are hoping to create a unique robotic persona that interacts with users in a new way. Levi will have features involving capacitive touch and lighting details to enhance user experience.
Utilizing the , Levi will be able to detect where the user is and react accordingly. Levi's movement is dictated by a pulley system within his frame and held in suspension by electromagnets.
I am working closely with to design the robotic embedded systems as well as the fabricating all the physical components. Additionally, I prototype all of the hardware alongside Jake.