The Visible Futures Lab’s current Artist in Residence, Gabriella Levine recently hosted a discussion at the lab to introduce beginners to basic concepts of robotics and physical computing. In accordance with her work at the VFL, Levine shared the essentials of mechanical motion and her experience developing machines that move—specifically, the process of engineering mechanical motion for joints. At the VFL, Levine has developed her Sneel
project, a series of snake-like robots that can be used to explore otherwise unreachable places and gather environmental data at low cost. Levine also shared tips for those who wish to develop their own projects, including online resources for materials, fabrication methods and electronic prototyping techniques.
Photos by Jamie Keesling.