VIP I-Natural Team 2
I-Natural focuses on developing and testing hardware and software interfaces for children with disabilities. By designing, building, and testing technology that enables people to interact with robots, whether physically or virtually, in an intuitive and natural way, we can improve the quality of life for everyone. Combining emerging technologies in bio-sensors, sensory perception, gesture recognition, haptics, computer intelligence and other such components can lead to the development of systems that can enable seamless integration of the user and the robot by replacing traditional interfaces. Specifically, we are adapting a Robotis Darwin Mini to be used as a painting avatar for children with disabilities who otherwise would not be able to paint themselves. We designed a mountable clamp for the robot's arm to be used with squeezable brushes, but were unable to finish it in time for the competition; paint is reapplied to the brush by hand inbetween strokes.