Romibo is a robot that teaches social skills to children with autism.
I worked on the Romibo Robot in an Interdisciplinary Engineering Design course at Carnegie Mellon University. As a collaborative project in a team of four, I redesigned the neck mechanism to increase robustness and range of expression while minimizing cost.
I developed the initial idea of using a modified universal joint in order to increase the range of expression while using as little material, and as few actuators as possible. We constructed the main structural components of our neck out of laser-cut acrylic, in the same style as the rest of the robot, to allow for flat-packing which reduced shipping and manufacturing costs.
I was the point of contact between my group mates and our client in the CMU Quality of Life department, Romibo's inventor.