We had a great time at the Paris Makerfaire!
We had the joy to meet Markus Örngren who came with is InMoov Robyn from Sweden.
Alessandro Didonna from Italy, who brought his InMoov as well, along with demonstrations using the Leap motion straight into MyRobotLab.
Bram and Richard of Wevolver brought also their InMoov and Kevin Watters from the USA helped them to set the Oculus rift into their script of MyRobotLab.
We also had the presence of students of the University Imerir with their printed InMoov Charlie.
We had great talks and ideas with all the Makers!!
Alessandro’s computer was stolen a short time after this picture was done.
Alessandro’s computer is still on the table
Unfortunatly, we had a Macbook Pro stolen, although we were vigilant.
It was Alessandro’s computer, he had just bought it, and had worked hard on MyRobotLab to update all dependencies so everyone could use the software on their Mac. Alessandro has been helping a lot of persons, since two years, through the shoutbox of MyRobotLab.
During those two years, he has been helping to implement Leap Motion, Kinematic, and Kinect detection into MyRobotLab. Also, thanks to him, our InMoov can do face tracking and object tracking straight out of the box.
I feel very bad about this, and if I had the money, I would pay for his computer straight away.
I am setting this donation link to call for your support, Alessandro is a student and this computer meant a lot to him.
Thanks to this fantastic crowdfunding concept, I’m sure, if every hearted Maker helps and DONATE just a little, we will raise enough for to get him back what has been stolen.
I wanted to make pictures using InMoov into symbolisms treated with a harsh lighting.
Before December, Yethy proposed to do a photo session in my workshop with whatever moods and feelings we had. Thanks to him.
Because InMoov is a Art project, I had to place him into such environment that it finds it’s purpose, it’s goal, away from the events, sounds and Faires to which I have been going since I started it. Many times during those events, people ask me, so what can this robot do? Sometimes, I’m tempted to reply; it does nothing it’s a sculpture.
I’m used to work in photographic environment with my work, but it is different when you do something for yourself, you can really interact with the forms and the graphism of details. It was a while that I had these two pictures in mind among others.
The high level of contrast dissimulates the face of the baby, just like InMoov seems to come out from the darkness. The color of the baby skin takes all it’s sensitivity and becomes like a painting in this two tones environment.
Many years ago I had sculpted this human skull and casted it to make a few reproductions. It was obvious to me to use it with InMoov in this session, because the message is rich of interpretations.
The Nervo board is now available in the InMoov site Shop!!!!! (by the time I published this post, it was already out of stock, but you can backorder)
Nervo board, photo Leon Van der Host
After the Tech Fest in India, one of the first things I had to do was to fix a hardware issue on the InMoov 2 hand. One of the drivers had burned out because the hand stayed powered with the thumb stucked in a wrong position. The main reason was because a wire of the thumb got tangled inside the palm. I had to redesign the paths of that wire and re-print the parts.
Searching on the Net, I found a Arduino library that allows the Thalmic to communicate with the Arduino via the computer.
I went on testing it and wrote a script, which first allowed me to use it with the InMoov finger starter (see third video) doing 3 small movements. The advantage of the Thalmic is the ease of use and set up. Once calibrated, you can remove it from your arm and put it back on (in the same position) it automatically works again, no need for re-calibration.
The goal with the Thalmic was to be able to use it with the InMoov 2 hand. Ideally is to set various possible gestures. In fact the InMoov 2 has an onboard Arduino Nano that lets the user create any gesture desired and can be modified by just a plug and play USB connection to any Computer. The Thalmic uses Bluetooth to communicate, and as for today it cannot communicate directly with all Bluetooth devices of your choice, but it will and the plan is to have an onboard Bluetooth Arduino set in the hand to allow direct communication.
I have been able to test the Thalmic also on the bicep muscle, it is more difficult to calibrate but I have been able to reproduce 3 differents set of gestures pretty reliably. Although the arm gestures to activate the sensor have to be rather large, which is a inconvenient if you want only the fingers of the InMoov 2 hand to be triggered.
So this is huge progress!!! In the below video I’m using double taping fingers to “wake up” the Thalmic, but I can also do it without, which lets the hand constantly ready for any muscle activity.
What else happened this month:
Alessandro has borged into MyRobotLab the Leap Motion, it is now very easy to run a InMoov hand or all sort of devices with the Leap Motion.
InMoov does two Make Magazine covers, USA and Germany:
Aperobo perpignan mensuel passionné de robotique. see link
Meetup Paris Machine learning, I did a small conference over InMoov project to get more people involved at the level of AI searching and deep learning algorithms.
InMoov Explorer with WeVolver, organised by Richards Huskes and Bram Geenen.
The Robots For Good project is seeking Makers from every neck of the woods to 3D print parts for an InMoov robot as a means of getting bed-bound kids at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital out of their beds and into the London Zoo, virtually. While hospitalized children wear immersive VR headsets from Oculus Rift, they will, ideally, be able to control an InMoov robot as it explores the London Zoo.
Virtual InMoov is getting rigged by Gareth in Blender and will be very usefull to implement movements into MyRobotLab.
“The Virtual InMoov is ported into the Game Logic of the 3D Blender package. Its controlled using a Parallax Propeller and PySerial setup.
The Serial data is extracted by the Python code script, blender has a native Python compiler built in so makes software control of 3D objects a synch. On the hardware side its interfaced with 16 ADC channels each wired to a Potentiometer to control the joints.
Next stage is to link the system up to the Open source MyRobotLab software, this means we could use Kinect and OpenCV routines for interaction.”Says Gareth.
I had the opportunity to see and get apersonal demonstration of Romeo robot. It was interesting.
Doing a selfy with Romeo. His eyes were broken for some reason.
I finally understood how to solve the issue with my script, now all the fingers can move and the rotation of the thumb works. It will be now interesting to test it with Advancer Technologies muscle sensors. Because the FabLab of Rennes hasn’t the InMoov2 hand ready with connections inside, I took mine to the event LeWeb in Paris.
At Le Web, I’m demonstrating the InMoov2 hand with all fingers working to Nicolas:
Later with great help of Hackerloop, Nicolas and Corentin managed to control the InMoov1 hand with a MYO armband.
In Mumbai India for the Tech Fest. Mounting it to the socket arm of Nicolas Huchet was a matter of a few minutes, and with the codes I had written, Nicolas could use it, through keyboard, to shake people’s hands.
A big moment!!
Geek so In by Intel
We also got invited to the Geek so In night organized by INTEL in Paris. I met very interesting people for maybe future events.
Thanks to Ashrith for inviting me, Nicolas and Marc to the TechFest.
Thanks to Aatur, Allan, Bhavya for organizing this trip and being so kind and helpfull during those 6 days.
Thanks to Sandrine Maximillien of the French Embassy, who has made it possible to get my passport and visa in time. And also managed for me to bring InMoov in my luggage.
More than 90 000 visitors in three days went through this tent. You can only imagine how intense this was. The Tech Fest is a free entrance event, anybody from India can come. The crowd was so huge that every 2 minutes, it was a new load of 30 people to whom we had to explain what is InMoov, Bionico, Open Source, 3D printer, robot and prosthetic.
After the 3 days, Nicolas and I were totally washed out, but happy to have done it!!
Nicolas explaining the project to the crowd, we would relay ourselves, because it was not possible to maintain the rythme alone for the whole day.
If you watch the below video, you will have a little idea of the noise, I am surprised that InMoov would respond pretty well to my voice commands. When there is music, like at the New York Makerfaire, it becomes very hard to control the robot.
Many, many students are coming to this event from various places of India.
Nicolas Huchet, Marc Adergal and I, just before the opening.
The Riidl Automated Chess Team was getting interviewed for Television.
Once the Tech Fest was over, I had a day off. So I went with Aatur, Allan and Bhavya to their University to make a conference about InMoov and the Open Source.
Students at the University are assembling my InMoov for the conference. It was interesting to see other persons doing it. From being dismantled and in my suitcases, the robot was re-assembled and fully working in 45 minutes.
Some students are already there to watch the assembly before the conference.
The previous night I had managed to get InMoov to speak in Indies which caused great hilarity during the conference.
The girls Team.
Aatur, Allan and Bhavya took me for sight seeing into Mumbai for the rest of the afternoon and night.
Later we met Nicolas and Marc for diner.
Next morning, I took my plane back to Paris. The recently inaugurated (2014) airport of Mumbai is a beauty of architecture. Regrettably, it is a very high contraste of technicity and money compared to many parts of Mumbai. I wonder how many families could have lived and eaten with it’s cost…