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The 2lemetry Interactive IoT Rolling Ball Sculpture demonstrates remote monitoring and control. With metal tracks to guide miniature billiard balls from top to bottom, the IoT Rolling Ball Sculpture is built with an elevator, a stopping gate, a track switch, and infrared sensors to keep a tally of the balls as they pass. These are all controlled with a smartphone app.
Presenter: Timothy Busbice, Solid Fellow
Timothy Busbice have been researching the use of individual programs for neuron simulation for over 30 years. Joining the OpenWorm Project as a founding member, he was exposed to the full connectome of a living organism, which allowed him to explore whether a model of a connectome gives rise to expected behaviors.
The Birdi Smart Air Monitor is a wi-fi connected device that tracks air quality, whether it's an everyday health danger like indoor air pollution or an emergency like fire or elevated carbon monoxide levels.
BlueCity's demonstration will involve instrumenting garbage cans. They will use their hardware package to monitor garbage levels and use their custom Client Software (Blue Goby on Android) to communicate near real-time information to their Blue Data Service.
Body Labs has the world’s most advanced technology for analyzing human body size, shape, and motion. With our web application, BodyHub (, users can create “intelligent” 3D body models from body scans or measurements.
Presenter: Sandra Y. Richter, Solid Fellow
More than half of the world's population lives in cities. Our lifestyle is mobile. We move, we travel, we share. Our generation is online anytime, anywhere, eager to connect to others in the city all over the world.
Presenter: Colin O'Flynn, Solid Fellow
Colin O'Flynn has designed a combination of hardware and software (called ChipWhisperer) that greatly simplifies the security analysis of embedded systems. It's completely open source, and could be built for as low as $200.
Presenter: Yanping Chen, Solid Fellow
Yanping Chen wants to move entomology into the digital age and create the new science of Computational Entomology. She brought the power of sensor technologies and big data to bear on the problem of measuring and forecasting insect densities, allowing ultra-precision targeted interventions (biocontrol, trapping, etc.) that will cost a 100x less, yet be 10 to 20x more effective.
With fully integrated sensing, networking and computing, lighting is now a platform for building-wide intelligence. Digital Lumens will illuminate the Demo Pavilion with its Intelligent LED Lighting System. Smart, LED-based fixtures will respond to sensor inputs to drive lighting behavior, and all system data will be shared with LightRules software for real-time reporting.
Super slow-mo: see a demo of how the edgertronic™ High Speed Video Camera makes extreme slow motion capture more mainstream.
The FitSocket aims to identify the correlation between leg tissue properties and the design of a comfortable socket. This can be accomplished by creating a robotic socket measurement device called the FitSocket that can directly measure tissue stiffness properties. With this data, MIT Media Lab can prototype test sockets and molds.
Fl.UIs (Fluid User Interfaces) are scalable liquid-mediated surfaces that makes touch detection tractable for vision-based systems. Fl.UIs create color changes around a user’s points-of-contact, which is recovered by an overhead camera for touch and gesture input.
Mellow is a robotic sous-chef for home cooks.
Presenter: Matthew Gardiner, Solid Fellow
Matthew Gardiner is an artist most well known for his work with origami and robotics. He coined the term Oribot 折りボト and then created a field of art/science research called Oribotics. Current topics are: the foldability of materials and composites, and folding as a principle programming strategy for designing structure at all scales.
Formlabs will present the Form 1, a high-resolution, low-cost 3D printer, and print out files submitted by attendees.
Lights, camera, action: Bot & Dolly's IRIS is just one of the "smart things" you'll get to experience at Solid. Find out how Iris can automate an entire set.
The Lit Motors C-1 is a new vehicle platform, bringing together the romance and efficiency of a motorcycle with the safety and comfort of a car.
See firsthand an airborne wind turbine being developed by Makani that generates more energy at a lower cost than conventional wind power technology. The airborne wind turbine uses less material and accesses stronger and more consistent wind at higher altitudes.
Presenter: Amanda Parkes, Solid Fellow
Manufacture NY is a newly developed hybrid fashion incubator, factory, and research laboratory in NYC dedicated to providing independent fashion and textile designers with the resources to create sustainable lines that are locally produced through the integration of novel material and manufacturing paradigms.
Matterport's camera allows anyone to quickly make photorealistic, dimensionally accurate 3D models of interior spaces and share them online in a matter of minutes.
Modbot is a very powerful and modern robotics vision. It begins with a set of fundamental building blocks for building robots, but not just any robot … all robots.
Modular Science provides hardware and software for lab automation.
Demos will include: Precision machined structural components for satellites, space probes, and aerodynamic experiments, as well as miniature ("nano") satellite models. SPHERES or Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites are bowling-ball sized smart spheres, equipped with Tango that navigate autonomously inside the space station.
Nervous System will exhibit software that allows people to create their own 3d-printable garments from body scans, as well as 3d-printed examples for people to touch and play with in person.
Pneubotics are all-fluidic, membrane-based robotics. Unlike traditional robotics made from heavy metal components, Pneubotics are constructed entirely out of high strength compliant skins and inflated to create structure and movement.
Podo is the first camera designed to free the photographer from the camera, allowing total freedom. It does this by being the first camera that simply sticks anywhere, without requiring a tripod, mounts, screws, or any other inconvenient mounting method. It does this using a special suction-inducing gel, and it will work on almost any surface without losing its effectiveness.
See selected finalists in the inaugural Robot Launch 2014 startup competition.
Presenter: Daniel Cellucci, Solid Fellow
Daniel Cellucci is currently working on a platform for creating structural elements in microgravity environments. It involves designing both the complex periodic mechanisms that compose these structures as well as the robotic assemblers that bring these elements together into desired geometries.
SigSense brings field-service instruments to the connected world by integrating pluggable instruments, mobile devices, and cloud services.
Skysense designs charging stations and remote-controlled interconnected hangars to enable fully autonomous operations with multicopters.
Presenter: Matthew Borgatti, Solid Fellow
Matthew Borgatti has been perfecting a design for a soft quadruped robot called the Glaucus. It's intended to demonstrate how complex mechanisms can be designed into a single pneumatic skin making for a robot that's ready to be put to work as soon as it comes out of the mold.
Taktia is developing a revolutionary line of computer-augmented power tools, starting with a handheld CNC router, which will be demonstrated at Solid. Their mission is to improve the way that craftspeople design, build, and connect with each other.
Tempo Automation presents a desktop pick and place robot that automates the slowest, most distracting, and expensive step of the electronics prototyping process: surface mount assembly.
Presenter: Alex Hornstein, Solid Fellow
Alex Hornstein started tinyPipes as a way to build tools for energy access that tie into this ecosystem. He builds internet-connected solar panels that he installs on off-grid homes that are electrified with a car battery system. Users purchase energy from his panels by sending money through their mobile phone, and his panels charge up their batteries.
Xandem's products detect and locate people who aren't carrying a device (tagless) for the purposes of security, automation, energy efficiency, and elder care.
iBeacons for the home. The first product is a BLE enabled Smartplug.
Presenter: James Coleman, Solid Fellow
The Modular Machines that Make project aims to make the machine prototyping process extremely streamlined, revolutionizing how designers work with, imagine, and fabricate their ideas. At Solid, James Coleman and Nadya Peek will demo the 4-axis hotwire cutter Slashbot, which demonstrates the process of rapid machine design and other fabrication potentials of the Modular Machines that Make project.