Air Hacking Hack Chat

In this Hack Chat, we will be talking with Amitabh Shrivastava about pneumatic controllers and their Programmable-Air project.

Friday, October 26, 2018 12:00 pm PDT Local time zone:
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Amitabh Shrivastava will be hosting the Hack Chat on Friday, October 26th, 2018 at noon PDT. 

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Amitabh Shrivastava is a grad student at ITP, NYU studying creative technology, where he makes interactive art, tools for research, and experiments with various materials. Lately he has been developing Programmable-Air, a pneumatic controller for soft robotics.

In this chat we will be talking about DIY soft robotics. Soft robotics is a growing field with a lot of low hanging fruits within grasp of the hobbyist maker. In addition to sharing experience and resources about building your own soft robots, we will talk about actuation! Tune in to see how you can use pneumatics in your next project.

In this Hack Chat we will discuss:
 - Pneumatics
 - Soft Robotics
 - Programmable-Air

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buhradlee wrote 10/26/2018 at 19:52 point

When you said your intent was to blow up a balloon in under a minute, what was your goal for that balloon? Also how much pressure did you want to store in that balloon?

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Stephen Tranovich wrote 10/26/2018 at 19:34 point

Does Programmable Air give you the ability to control the speed at which air is pumped? If so, between what ranges can you control it?

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anfractuosity wrote 10/26/2018 at 19:30 point


Have you seen this - I'm wondering if you may have an idea how that works?


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Jarrett wrote 10/24/2018 at 17:05 point

Have you considered small cans of compressed air (like airsoft cannisters)?

If so, how would controlling airflow work?

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Jarrett wrote 10/24/2018 at 02:03 point

What kind of sensing do you do?

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Jarrett wrote 10/24/2018 at 01:50 point

What kind of pumps do you like to use?

Have any preference for small / lightweight / cheap ones?

Realistically, how much weight do you expect small portable pumps to be able to lift?

Ditto for small / lightweight / cheap cylinders?

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