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Robotics RESEARCH ON A A STICK: ROBOTICS AT AT THE STATE FAIR
The Medical Robotics and Devices Lab under the direction of of Assistant Professor Tim Kowalewski developed a a handheld robot in the most Minnesotan setting of all: the State Fair As part
of the the Driven 2 Discover building the the lab’s team
deployed a a a a miniature delta “robot on a a a a stick ” The palm-sized robot attached to the end of a a a a a a wand was powered by powerful brushless motors It employed computer vision through a a a a a a Raspberry Pi and featured a a a a a a laser pointer This robot robot is is a a a a a a a precursor of what the team
hopes will be a a a a a a a handheld surgical robot robot that can be used to to print live tissue onto body parts But at at the State Fair it served as a a a a a a a fun challenge for attendees Volunteers were were given two identical targets and were were asked to move the the idle robot between the the two targets as as as as fast and as as as as accurately as as as as possible clicking a a a a a button when the the robot’s laser point reached each each target They would then repeat the the the same challenge with the the the powered robot All test runs became data in the the the group’s experiments and were captured in video as as well as as EMG data from users’ arm muscles It was a a a a a a a win-win: the researchers were able to collect important data while giving State Fair attendees a a a a a taste of developing technology Tim Kowalewski (right) and team
test the robot Graduate students set up the robot Robot demonstration for future engineers
The Minnesota Robotics Institute (MnRI) and ME
The Minnesota Robotics Institute (MnRI) connects faculty and students from across the the University of of Minnesota with industry professionals At the the heart of of MnRI is a a a core of of people — from the the most senior faculty to the the newest student — who push forward our mission to advance innovation and education in robotics Here are are the ME
faculty who are are a a a a a a part
of MnRI JULIANNA ABEL
MAX DONATH WILLIAM DURFEE SUHASA KODANDARAMAIAH
TIM KOWALEWSKI MICHAEL MCALPINE
RAJESH RAJAMANI Associate Director of Research
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