Biohand: first short video

I submitted my biohand project as an entry to the 2015 Hackaday Prize. Cool. So, after spending a long month in a [21st-century] cave while writing my thesis (about the biohand), I discovered on August 16th that I needed to post a descriptive video of my entry until August 17th. Today.

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Here, have this sexy pic of the prototype, for no reason.

So yea, biohand‘s main control board survived the smoke test and all, but it’s not finished. So I drove a couple of biohand‘s motors and the thumb’s servo with an ever-trustworthy Arduino, just to show it doing SOMETHING.

There you go:


’til next time.

 

Biohand boards, fresh from the boardhouse

This page has been gathering some dust now, but this will change in the next weeks.

I’ve been working on a new project, the biohand. It’s a low-cost 3D-printed hand prosthesis, that aims at offering technical qualities similar to multi-thousand dollar devices. More details shall come in another post.

For now, I’m just willing to share the nice fact that the first iteration of the biohand main control boards (a.k.a. the BIOHAND_BOARD_V1) arrived from the boardhouse.

Biohand bare boards

As soon as I finish soldering one of them and it survives the smoke test (or perhaps doesn’t), I’ll post further results and schematics.

’til next time.

EDIT:

It’s said that no man is without sin, and neither am I. In an act of brilliance, I’ve managed to swap two VDD/VSS pairs from the STM32 while designing the board. While I didn’t burn a thing, I did cost me over 24h to figure out what was happening and to solder some workaround-wiring. In the end, the I got the ARM running a simple blink program (pic below). YEY!

Minimal test of the board. Disregard the workaround-y bond wires.

Minimal test of the board (Blinking LED, YEY!). Disregard the workaround-y bond wires.

Now it’s time to keep on soldering the remaining components (hoping not to find other mistakes like that). I’ll upload corrected gerbers once everything works without bursting into flames.

’til next time.