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.
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.
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.