CFC Media Lab – Journal #12

Final Note

Overall over this course, I really developed my research question and narrowed down on the community that I want to explore. I received a lot of feedback on why this tool and I think this forced me into making better presentation for my project. The one-pager that I made for the second iteration presentation is one of the most useful things I have done for my thesis project. I now have a robotic arm with two controllers that I can use to explore different means to document the co-creation process. I can also use different tool heads for the robot arm in case I want to explore a different type of solutions.

The next step from here is to modify the software of the robot arm so that its movement becomes smoother and then run different trials were I can try collecting different type of data for my documentation. And also I can try embedding part of the documentation into the physical product that is being built by the 3D Doodler pen.

CFC Media Lab – Journal #11

Class #11 – Final Presentation – 1st of August

I think the second iteration went much better than the first one. Everyone understood the goal of the project, thanks to the one-pager I made for the project. I went over the research question and clearly answered the main two questions I received on the CFC Intensive, Why co-creation? And why the Robotic Arm?

I framed the Robotic Arm as a tool to explore a different way to document a creation process, through software and hardware. This is very much the first step of the project, and the Robotic Arm makes a perfect tool to explore different ways to document a creation process.

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I only received a few feedback on why not use an actual 3D printer instead of the 3D Doodler pen. I explained the advantages of why the 3D Doodler is a better option, the main point being its price, but also the fact that it can easily be moved around whereas in a 3D printer the nozzle is fix in orientation and has a lot of restrictions on what it can do.

I think this is another point that I should add to my presentation to make sure the value of the robot arm and the 3D doodler pen is clear to everyone.

CFC Media Lab – Journal #10

Class #10 – Second Iteration – 30th of July

There were a few technical issues that I needed to address for the second iteration. The wiring was a mess. I really needed to make it in a way that I could easily disassemble it to move to a new location. I found another servo that broke during the transportation of the Robot Arm from CFC back to the lab. I replaced that servo and attached all the wiring to the body so that they won’t become loose anymore.
I also reprogrammed the software so that the arm would now only move with small steps. This way, the servos won’t be damaged again because of rapid movements.
I explained the modification that I made in much more details in my final document.

I also changed how I presented my project. I decided to show the data that the robot arm captures on a screen to highlight what the robot arm is doing. This way, I think my research question would be much more precise, and hopefully, people would better understand my project.