MANNY THE MAN

October '17 - December '17

Manny The Man is a sculpture that uses mechanical, electrical, and software sub-systems to mimic a user's movements.

 

This five-member project was completed for a mechatronics course that teaches students to integrate mechanical, software, and electrical systems, and proper management techniques for long-term technical projects with tight deadlines.

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Complete documentation of the process and the product can be found on our official project website here (opens new window), which includes pictures and video demonstrations.

How Manny Works

When a user stands in front of Manny, its Microsoft Kinect device registers their limb movements and sends the data to a Raspberry Pi. The received data is then interpreted, filtered, and re-purposed to actuate wired Servo motors at desired angles. These motors tug at attached pulleys running through Manny, resulting in the movement of Manny's limbs.

Contributions

As a mechanical member of the team, I designed and tested Manny's entire pulley system through several iterations of 3D-printed limbs, which I also designed. I was also responsible for the design and laser-cut manufacture of the base housing our servo motors and pulleys system, requiring careful spacial awareness to guide all wiring and pulleys toward non-interfering paths.