Overhead Robotic Gantry for Tethered VR Headsets

  Posted on April 4, 2017   ·   4 min read   ·   #work  #programming  #design  #electrical 

Project Overview Objective: Create an autonomous gantry to follow the HTC Vive headset around, keeping its cable behind the user at all times. Motivation: An extravagant party prop for an evening at CES 2017, hosted by MistyWest. Features: CoreXY planar gantry design System built with 8020 aluminum extrusions and laser cut acrylic components Stepper motor control through Teensy 3.2 HTC Vive pose tracking through C++ Patent pending Skills:

Tired of Cables in VR? We Are Too.

  Posted on November 15, 2016   ·   6 min read   ·   #work  #writing 

Originally posted on Medium under MistyWest. Virtual reality pushes the envelope of bleeding edge technology, allowing us to explore and experience worlds beyond our mortal imaginations. It gives us immersion in another dimension, providing an unprecedented medium for communication and story telling. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then virtual reality must be worth millions. Except there’s one thing keeping it grounded to reality: cables. Since the first virtual reality headset that was hacked together in 2011, immersive head-mounted displays have progressed far and quickly.

Co-op: Air Quality Calibration Chamber

  Posted on June 23, 2015   ·   1 min read   ·   #work 

Background: Welcome to TZOA (pronounced ‘zoa’) - the world’s most advanced environment tracker. TZOA uses internal sensors to measure your air quality, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ambient light, and UV (sun) exposure, all in one wearable device. Objective: Design and build a purified test chamber with zero air particulate to calibrate the TZOA devices against the DusTrak DRX 8533. An aerosolized cloud of ultrafine (0.3 - 20 μm) test dust was used to create the particle events.

Co-op: Drill Cover User Study

  Posted on September 27, 2014   ·   2 min read   ·   #work 

Background: Drill availability is a major limitation in developing countries, where surgeons turn to using manual hand-crank drills to perform surgeries. A common hardware drill equipped with a waterproof, sterilizable fabric cover provides a cost-effective solution in the operating room. Objective: Develop, conduct, and analyze a study to quantify the drilling performance of the drill cover solution and compare it against a commercial surgical drill and a manual hand-crank drill.

Co-op: The Age Effect on Bicycle Helmets

  Posted on December 28, 2013   ·   1 min read   ·   #work 

Objective: Determine if age has an effect on the mechanical properties of bicycle helmets. Tasks: Conducted 1630 helmet impact attenuation tests to measure the effect of age and use on bicycle helmet foam Developed scripts in MATLAB to autonomously post-process the impact data and organize information according to existing helmet databases Wrote the Methods section of the research report to be submitted to the Accident Prevention & Analysis Journal Assisted in protocol development of the helmet and foam core impact attenuation tests Company: MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists