For my final project, I will be building an animatronic character called 'Pavlov'.
Pavlov will reside in physical world, but is also aware of different online activities of its owner. His behavior will somewhat depend upon that. Pavlov will respond when he receives attention, or when he thinks an intervention is necessary to keep his owner productive. All Pavlovs are connected to each other. They follow Pavlovian model to influence the behavior of each other and their owner.
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The following materials and components will be required: Cardboard, Acrylic, 9V batteries, LEDs, light sensor, Fabduino, motor control board, stepper motors.
Almost all components will come from CBA FAB inventory for MAS.863.12 class.
It will cost <$50 for each Pavlov.
Structure of Pavlov, Fabduino, motor driver board, light sensor board, Pavlov's backend application software.
CAD design of Pavlov's structure, milling for electronics production, lasercutting, embedded and application programming, networking
Please see previous two sections.
How can Pavlov sense the interactions of its owner using light sensor circuitry?
Dec 12 - Fabduino production and testing, Dec 13 - Motor driver board production and testing, Dec 14 - Lasercutting, Dec 15, 16 - Pavlov backend, Dec 17 - Final integration, tuning and preparation of presentation.
For first prototype, Pavlov will be evaluated on how predectively it is responding to different interactions of its owner.
This week I worked with Shaun Salzberg to help him build a chess playing machine. I helped him in cutting some brackets (using Waterjet machine) for motor and rod mounts, in drilling out the metal shaft coupling and in assembling the wooden enclosure he already built.