Dylan, Jaden and I (Rory) recently attended World Maker Faire New York 2015 to demonstrate our robotic platforms: The Bento Arm and HANDi Hand. For those unaware, Maker Faire is the world’s biggest show and tell. In addition to being a 2 day fusion of technology, science, crafts and arts it is also a major showcase event for new technologies especially those related to the DIY and open source maker culture. This year there were over 900 maker projects and over 95,000 attendees from 45 states and 48 countries. Here is a brief video recap of some of the highlights from our trip:
BLINC Lab @ the Telus World of Science
The BLINC Lab spent an exciting afternoon demonstrating upper limb prosthetic technologies at the Telus World of Science.
It was great to see the enthusiasm of all the young scientists as we demonstrated our robotic hands, arms and 3D printing.
Craig Sherstan Featured by Faculty of Science
Craig Sherstan was recently awarded a Vanier scholarship to continue his work as a PhD student in the BLINC lab. Craig and his work were recently featured by the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. You can read the article here.
Another Exciting Summer of Research
The Blinc Lab has been very productive these summer months. A new onslaught of eager summer students have help us make some exciting progress on our main lines of research. We are looking forward to the data collection and analysis to follow.
Introducing BLINC Lab’s 3D Printed Hand and Arm
It has been a year in the making, and now BLINC’s Handi-hand and Bento Arm are integrated. After a some mechanical improvements and a healthy amount of programming our multi-articulate hand and arm are talking and ready to participate in exciting upcoming experiments!
BLINC Lab Receives the Modular Prosthetic Limb!!!
After much anticipation the Modular Prosthetic Limb has arrived at the BLINC lab!!!
This fully sensored, multi-articulate limb is capable of achieving movement in 26 degrees of freedom. The limb provides the BLINC Lab access to a ton of useful functionality and data. After an in depth training session with engineering personnel from HDT Robotics the limb is up and running. Our engineers are eager to start programming and playing with this incredibly advanced piece of equipment.
University of Alberta Researchers part of new Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency).
Winter Term Kicks Off
Back from the holiday break, the Blinc members are geared up for yet another productive semester. We are pleased to welcome a handful of new members and excited launch new research projects!
A Productive Fall for the BLINC Lab
It has been another productive fall semester for the BlincLab. This past semester was packed full of participant trials, conferences and manuscript preparations. Looking forward to the winter term.
Great Summer in the Lab!
BLINC Lab members had a busy and productive summer. Highlights included attending and presenting at MEC 2014 in Fredericton in August, resulting in some great conversations and collaborations. Honours of “highest ranked papers” announced for Ann Edwards for her submission “Adaptive Switching in Practice: Improving Myoelectric Prosthesis Performance through Reinforcement Learning” in the signal processing stream, and Dr. Jacqueline Hebert for “Comparative Sensory Outcomes for Three Transhumeral Targeted Reinnervation Cases” in “other” stream. Looking forward to a busy and active fall as our lab renovations finish!