Gators Gonna Gait (Margot the Alligator in motion!)

Figured I should do something with all the video footage we amassed over the course of our ME112 final project, which we collected as a kind of insurance, like, “Hey, so… we know it maybe didn’t work quite as well on demonstration day, but here’s a video of it working this one time!” Sometimes things work really well until the day of, and then they fail.This Spring break, I’m actually taking it easy for once, and that’s been really helpful to take stock of everything that’s happened over the past year, because believe me, a lot has happened. Documenting completed projects and updating my portfolio has been one part of it, but so has taking trips up to SF, random bike rides, leisure cooking, and reading.

Here’s a video of Margot the Alligator in motion. It definitely wasn’t the easiest project to complete, and we dragged our group through iteration after iteration, trying to calibrate the center-to-distance between our timing pulleys for optimum belt tension (not too loose, not too tight either), trying to design the feet right so it would grip right, but not fall into cracks, not catch or drag on the woodchips / slate. We started with a box, and once we got a walking box, we added a cardboard head and tail (which we could fold in to satisfy the minimum height requirements).

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Gators Gonna Gait (Margot the Alligator in motion!)

Senior Year Winter Quarter aka the quarter of 4 project classes aka NEVER AGAIN aka no finals

Senior Year Winter Quarter
aka the quarter of 4 project classes
aka NEVER AGAIN
aka no finals.

Check out the projects I’ve been working on for the past 10 weeks!

Projects that I've been working on for the past quarter
Projects that I’ve been working on for the past quarter

For more information about sketchmi, check out sketchmi.com and projectsketchmi.wordpress.com. We’re currently looking for people to test our product and spread the word once we launch our Kickstarter, and we’d appreciate all the help we can get! Let me know if you’d be interested.

For more information about the strugglebus that was our ME210 bot, check out http://dunkindumplings.herokuapp.com. This beautiful site was built by team member Joel Kek, and documents our process (and multiple name changes).

Videos of Margot walking across Gibbon’s Grove are in the works! As are more photos of Project Citizen 😀

Senior Year Winter Quarter aka the quarter of 4 project classes aka NEVER AGAIN aka no finals

Updates: Project Open Door

Update: As a Senior majoring in Product Design, this year is also the year I embark on my senior capstone project! Check out the video above \o/ for my team’s preliminary direction, and comment below /o\ with your thoughts!

Also, I know it’s been the absolute longest time since I last posted — I’d been meaning to do a recap of fall quarter, but didn’t quite get around to finishing. But more blogging will come, eventually!

Updates: Project Open Door