This is an extended and experimental project from Mimic. The direction of later project Mimic is all about sports skill transferring and learning. In this topic I realize that apart from the information sharing, comparing and learning, the controlling ability required from an equipment is also one of the biggest facts that a sport or device would be difficult to learn or use.
Drone was really popular at the time when I was doing this project, so I got several times to try it out. Drone needs continuous delicate adjusting of throttle to mentain the height so now many high end level of drone all have automatical height control system. In short, it's very hard to learn the control because when you see the position of drone and want to move it back in your mind, then you have to re-mapping the direction with its control rule to move the controllor, and you have to do this small control two or three times every second. If you made and mistake in each adjusting, it falls.
Hence, could we directly connect how we move our hand to how the drone move instead of re-mapping the control system? Would it be a lot eaiser to learn it? In average, learning controlling a drone, usually takes 30 minutes for a person to barely learn how to keep the drone in the air for a really short time.
HOW WE CONTROL A MACHINE?
However, I didn't hack into the drone controllor to achieve a more intuitive maneuverability. Instead, I create a six degree of freedom robot arm which usually need six adjuster to control each servo, and with the sensor which could directly read the data of our arm, we could control this robot arm without any thinking.
REMAPPING A 6 AXES ROBOT ARM CONTROL
DREAM BIG AND HAVE FUN
From the image above, it somehow really simply and directly gave me an idea of an exoskeleton with the form of other creature which could then give us different ability instead of only amplify our strength. This simple thought become an quite powerful motivation to drive me move forward in this extended direction of project Mimic.
RUN OUT OF THE TIME
Unfortunately, to finished building projects MIMIC, INTUITIVE CONTROL, and all the exhibition works at the same time within six weeks seems too ambitious, and actually I couldn't finish the 1 : 1 scaled wing before degree show opening. At the end I barely to put everything together four days after the opening of the exhibition, and it still has some failures unsolved. I couldn't make it move as the first prototype small robot arm for two major issues.
1. 3D printed parts tolerance issue
2. Matel deformation makes the gap designed for moving part even harder to remain.
It could move freely without the printed plastic housing when I was tunning the motor individually, but however, when I put on all the houseing, because of the friction of un-remained gap, it became hard to move. Combined with time, at the end I had to put it on the show incompletely.