MRISAR's Juggling Robot Exhibit
Juggling Robot exhibit. This exhibit was designed by MRISAR's R&D Team member John Siegel, who is an avid juggler, as well as an engineer, scientist and artist. Juggling is comprised of a number of specific applications for force, momentum, centrifugal force, inertia, friction, weight distribution, spatial relationships and timing intervals. In this robotics application we use these elements in combination with electronics, electromechanical and mechanical elements and systems to mimic key parts of the dexterous elements of a human’s arms and torso. Currently there are only a few juggling robots worldwide. Fewer yet are ones that operate on robotics systems that are made to human like specifications. So far as we know this is also the only design for a club juggling robot, as other devices tend to only juggle balls which are simple by comparison. We draw on the technical skills we have in robotics combined with the club juggling skills of our main designer. With a highly skilled direct live reference to work from, we developed a pattern of the juggling that maintains respect for the traditional art of juggling, while at the same time adapting them to robotics via our four arm design. The robot is made of light weight 6061 Aluminum. It is totally open framed for educational viewing relating to STEM and based closely on the proportions of an actual human being. It is especially designed with safety features and force limits. It is usable for any age range of visitor. This complete exhibit includes a quality built electronic-electromechanical robot, fully enclosed exhibit case for the robot, support electronics, visual support materials, maintenance information and schedule, control panel and Voice Playback for ease of use.