Hydraulic Robot Claw DIY Kit
Category : GENERAL
By VIVITA, Inc. (Japan)
Using popular fabrication tools, we created a hydraulic robot claw assembly kit for kids between ages 9-12 years old.
We created this kit to encourage children not only to build their own unique ‘analog’ robot, but to think about what kind of applications it could have. By using laser cutting and 3D printing to make their own robot claw arm, children are free to use their imaginations to decide how they would like to use their own creation.
The kit was created using multiple prototypes made in cardboard, MDF, and 3D printed materials. We tested all the prototype versions in small groups in order to maximize the enjoyment of making without too many distracting hurdles. The kit was created with the intention to balance the importance of the interaction process equal to the educational gains in fabrication tools.
3D printer, Laser cutter, 3D Modeling and Design Software, 2D Design and 2D CAD Software
- Jimi Okelana
- UX Researcher
- Alisa Salikova
- Service Designer
- Akemi Kumagai
- Sohit Miglani
- Raamael Arif Mahmood
Professor at KYOTO Design Lab Kyoto Institute of Technology
A simple replicable experiment that allows entry-level understanding of both robotics and the potential of digital fabrication and software using basic equipment. One can imagine that it would embraced by all ages, traditional low-tech makers and importantly the digitally averse. It exemplifies wonderfully the democratic spirit of the maker movement and the YouFab Global Creative Awards. I loved the specifications given as a recipe – way to go!