1. PneuHaptic: Delivering Unobtrusive Haptic Cues with Pneumatic Armband

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    from Liang He / Added

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    PneuHaptic is a pneumatically-actuated armworn haptic interface. The system triggers a range of tactile sensations on the arm by alternately pressurizing and depressurizing a series of custom molded silicone chambers. Unlike vibration-based haptic devices (which can be jarring or even unpleasant), PneuHaptic provides a sensation that resembles gentle hand touches. For example, if configured to serve as an output channel for a mobile wayfinding app, it could give unobtrusive navigation cues.

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    • Annabel Monk | The Bartlett, Unit 19 | Year 5, Semester 1

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      The video shows the development of my physical prototypes during Semester 1 of my final year at The Bartlett, UCL in Unit 19. The investigation revolves around the actuation of pneumatic networks to cause geometric changes and focuses initially on a material study of silicone.

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      • Soft Pneumatic Pavilion

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        from Becky ZHANG / Added

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        The domain of soft robotics is forming as a new frontier of kinetic designing. Not only creating many new possibilities for robotics but also in architecture. Challenging conventional design thinking about adaptive architecture the experiments outlined in this research suggest approaches to building soft responsive architecture.

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        • The Making of Furl: Soft Pneumatic Pavilion

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          The domain of soft robotics is forming as a new frontier of kinetic designing. Not only creating many new possibilities for robotics but also in architecture. Challenging conventional design thinking about adaptive architecture the experiments outlined in this research suggest approaches to building soft responsive architecture. “Furl” combines Electroencephalography (EEG) with advances in soft silicone casting of “air muscles”. The introduction of soft robotics replaces the mechanical principles in interactive architecture through a biological paradigm. EEG allows sensing of human brain functioning so that our environments begin moving and responding to our very thoughts. The designed components have a wide palette of deformation patterns of inflation. Through combination of soft and hard architectural elements, “Furl” creates a new platform for a kinetic responsive architecture which can let space interact with users needs and adapt itself to environmental conditions. Principle Researchers: Francois Mangion & Bijing Zhang Supervisors: Ruairi Glynn and Dr Christopher Leung with William Bondin Interactive Architecture Lab The Interactive Architecture Lab is a multi-disciplinary research group and Masters Programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Interested in the Behaviour and Interaction of Things, Environments and their Inhabitants, their focus includes Kinetic Design and Robotics, Multi-Sensory Interfaces, the Internet of Things and the design of public interactive installations. www.interactivearchitecture.org

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          • Furl: Soft Pneumatic Pavilion

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            The domain of soft robotics is forming as a new frontier of kinetic designing. Not only creating many new possibilities for robotics but also in architecture. Challenging conventional design thinking about adaptive architecture the experiments outlined in this research suggest approaches to building soft responsive architecture. “Furl” combines Electroencephalography (EEG) with advances in soft silicone casting of “air muscles”. The introduction of soft robotics replaces the mechanical principles in interactive architecture through a biological paradigm. EEG allows sensing of human brain functioning so that our environments begin moving and responding to our very thoughts. The designed components have a wide palette of deformation patterns of inflation. Through combination of soft and hard architectural elements, “Furl” creates a new platform for a kinetic responsive architecture which can let space interact with users needs and adapt itself to environmental conditions. Principle Researchers: Francois Mangion & Bijing Zhang Supervisors: Ruairi Glynn and Dr Christopher Leung with William Bondin Interactive Architecture Lab The Interactive Architecture Lab is a multi-disciplinary research group and Masters Programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Interested in the Behaviour and Interaction of Things, Environments and their Inhabitants, their focus includes Kinetic Design and Robotics, Multi-Sensory Interfaces, the Internet of Things and the design of public interactive installations. www.interactivearchitecture.org

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            • Soft Robotic Exosuit

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              In this video, Harvard faculty member Conor Walsh and members of his team explain how the biologically inspired Soft Exosuit targets enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals and restoring the mobility of those with physical disabilities. Credit: Harvard's Wyss Institute. Note: This technology is currently in the research and development phase and is not available commercially. Any suggested or implied claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Muscle Activation During Gait animation credit: K. Oberhofer, K. Mithraratne, N. S. Stott, I. A. Anderson (2009). Anatomically-based musculoskeletal modeling: prediction and validation of muscle deformation during walking. The Visual Computer, 25(9), 843 – 851

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              • SOFT Walker by Becky ZHANG in Bartlett (UCL)

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                For more information please visit http://beckyzhangbijing.tumblr.com/ Or contact with @BeckyZHANG_UCL on Twitter

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                • Feathered Inversions 2.0

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                  An exploration into the concepts of soft robotics and kinetic installations. The piece is made of PETG acrylic and Nitinol. Una exploración de los conceptos de la robótica suave e instalaciones cinéticas. La pieza está hecha de PETG, acrílico y Nitinol.

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                  • Fusiform Polyphony by Ken Rinaldo

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                    Description of the project Fusiform Polyphony is a series of 6 interactive robotic sculptures that compose their own music with input from participant facial images. Micro video cameras mounted on the ends of these robots, move toward people’s body heat and faces while capturing human snapshots. These images are digitally processed, pixelated and produce constantly evolving generative soundscape, where facial features and interaction are turned into sound melody, tone and rhythm. These elements fused, manifest the viewer as participant / actor and conductor in defining new ways of interacting with robots and allow the robots to safely interact with humans in complex and natural environments. An important element of this installation is to see self, through the robots artificial eyes, as each robot tracks and captures images in the process of showing the nature of algorithmic robotic vision. These works are covered in human hair and explore new morphologies of soft robotics, an emerging field, where natural materials make the works approachable and friendly. The hair serves to point to a human robotic hybrid moment in our own evolution, where the intelligence of robots is more fully fusing with our own, in allowing new forms of robotic augmentation. Each robot has different colored hair creating individual character for each. The live camera based video of the robots is processed through MAX MSP and Jitter and projected to the periphery of the installation on 5 screens. When the robot is at head height a sensor at the tip of the robot is triggered and a facial snapshot is taken. This snapshot is held in the small area of the projected screen to the upper right. That snapshot is broken down into a 300 - pixel grid and the variations of red, green and blue data of each pixel is extracted and interfaced to Max MSP to Ableton Live a sound composition tool which selects the musical sample determining rhythm, tempo and dynamics. The robotic aspects of this work are controlled with 6 Mac Minis with solid-state drives wired to individual, midi-based controller to sensor and motor drive units. The Mac Minis are all networked to a Mac Pro Tower which processes the video of the 6-selected images, interfacing them to the Ableton Live sound program. Changing pixel data constantly changes Ableton virtual instrument selection sets with random seeds coming from the snapshots. The robotic structures are were created with 3D modeled cast urethane plastics, monofilament and carbon fiber rod and laser cut aluminum elements supporting the computers microprocessor and motor drive systems. These robots structure, inform, enhance and magnify, people’s behavior and interactions as they auto generate a unique and a constantly evolving generative soundscape. They take the unique multicultural makeup of each person and create “facial songs” where those songs joining with 6 robotic / human soundscapes, creates an overall human polyphonic and video experience.

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                    • Soft Robotic Building Skin Prototype (dark version)

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                      This prototype building skin was developed during the Soft Robotics for Architects* 2013 Seminar Week (DARCH, ETH Zurich). It was organized by the Adaptive Systems Lab (ASL) as part of the 2013 teaching of the Chair for Architecture & Sustainable Building Technologies (SuAT). Full documentation of the Soft Robotics for Archtiects* workshop can be found at: http://srfa2013.wordpress.com

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