Monday, March 16, 2015

New rover field test, this time with a new planted platform. This platform is all ceramic, some soil and all native plants. The test took place at Briones Park in the East Bay.  You can see the rover slowly making it over a hill. As I've discussed before, the rover moves slowly (because it only has to keep up with the sun) but it has a lot of torque. There is no sound as I am going to use it in a presentation at NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and didn't want to mute it or talk over it. Enjoy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Here are photos of the ceramic version of the rover I was working on during my Anderson Ranch residency. Special thanks to Doug Casebeer for suggestions on how to formulate my slip to get the shrinkage I needed for the parts. The legs are all slip cast ceramic.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Corey took some video of the rover walking that looks at how the gears move. If' you're into gears, these videos are for you!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Changed out some gears, added larger motors with more torque and we have a beautifully walking rover. It's supposed to be slow but the rover in the video is at less than 50% power.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Took some time to decompress from Camp CARPA. Living in the desert with some amazing artists for a week was a little like visiting another planet. I'm posting a few photos of the event and some amazing animals we got to spend time with while doing the rover field test.

Photos in order: surveillance of the Afghan training village for the US military via Josh's telescope, photos of the village at night, breakfast at Camp CARPA (KChung radio is mostly in the photo along with Besty Greer), me giving a talk and demo of the rover in my TE+ND Rover uniform (thanks Stephanie Syjuco for the pix!), found a leopard gecko!, rover field test, female tarantula wasp resting, tarantula in the setting sun.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Corey and I have been keeping quiet about the latest rover deployment because CARPA requested it. Its kinda like DARPA but the 'c' stands for craft. Had a great time, met some amazing people and did some field research for the project. We collected local plants, insects and soil samples to learn about what to plant on the growing station. Thanks everyone for an amazing week in the desert, some amazing projects and great new friends!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Maddi just posted some awesome photos of the show at the MOP Gallery in Australia! Dr. Eben Kirksey harvested local flora and planted them in the growing platform for the install. Thanks again Maddi and every one for all o your hard work! For more images of the gallery check out Maddi's flicker page.