Mechanical Invention Through Computation

May 19th, 2013

I took a class with visiting professor Chuck Hoberman (of the Hoberman Sphere toy), Erik Demaine, and Daniela Rus this semester, called Mechanical Invention Through Computation.
It was pretty fun. You can read the lectures online, and I think open courseware is going to make videos available soon.

Test flights in Briggs field.

In a group with James Coleman aka the bandit and Matt Arbesfeld aka boy genius, I built a series of expanding and collapsing kites based on a preliminary tetrahedral design by Alexander Graham Bell. You should come see some of our work at CSAIL at the opening tomorrow:

Join us for an exciting exhibition of student projects that demonstrate new mechanical designs and inventive behavior through physical models, interactive software applications, and mathematics.

Exhibition on view May 21 - June 20, 2013
Opening Reception May 20, 5:00pm
MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center, 3rd Floor, Room 32-338
FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The culmination of a hands-on course with Visiting Artist Chuck Hoberman, this exhibition will display exciting kinetic prototypes and designs for objects ranging from transformable tables to clothes.

If you can’t make it, we’ll probably document our work at some point. is by nadya peek. she'd love to hear from you.