EAR-Y ROBOT DESIGN
Show the world what’s really on your mind and impress your
friends with some of the most advanced brainwave technology
available: brainwave cat ears. Necomimi’s cat-like reactive movements
show how interested or relaxed you are in real time. It’s a fun,
quirky addition to parties, bachelorette weekends, and tailgating at
your favorite sporting event.
This easy to use, cutting-edge technology is apparently totally
safe. There are only two light-touch sensors on your forehead and
• Be one of the first to communicate with brainwaves!
• Research-Grade Technology trusted by over 400 universities.
• Your emotions move the ears.
• Easy to wear and simple to use.
• Four AAA batteries (not included).
• For ages 14+.
• 10 oz.
Focused: Ears perk up.
In the zone: Ears wiggle up and down.
Relaxed: Ears drop down.
Naro-Tartaruga is a robotic sea turtle from
ETH Zurich. The reason to go with a sea turtle, as
opposed to a fish, is because sea turtles are both
easier to construct and better for carrying payload.
Unlike a fish, sea turtles don't have articulated
bodies, but they do have big fat shells that you can
fill with all kinds of cool stuff like sensors and
batteries. Propulsion and steering come from
flapping fins, just like the real thing and with a top
speed of just over 7 kph, Naro-Tartaruga will be
leaving most real sea turtles in the dust.
Naro-Tartaruga will provide direct
measurements on energy consumption for a
flapping fin mechanism in robotics.All the actuators
— three for each fin — are in the same, waterproof
body but they all still actuate the fin axle
independently. Common systems use serial
actuation principles where one motor drives a box
with another motor which again drives the fin. This
concept requires multiple sealed bodies and cables
going from one to another which raises the energy
consumption and risk of leakage.
Another purpose of Naro-Tartaruga will be the
development of autonomous navigation under
water. The robot will be a platform allowing the use
of different sensors for various tasks. Symmetric and
clearly defined mechanical interfaces at the head
and tail allow the exchange of modules for future
research on underwater autonomy.
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