Update 09/22/2017

I worked on college applications and essays today.

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Update 09/19/2017

Once again, I flew the drone in class today. I directed my class time onto practicing my indoor flying techniques, in order to be more secure and fluid in my filming and photography. I practiced flying through doorways, hallways, around largely metallic objects (that interfere with the magnet on-board the aircraft), and overall in tight spaces.

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Update 09/18/2017

In class today I focused my efforts on helping Zoe with her project. I flew the Mavic Pro Drone inside of the middle classroom at the ELAB. I took close to 150 images of three parts of the room:

With the camera aimed up 30 degrees above its horizon, at 0 degrees, and at 30 degrees below 0. I hope to attach an image of the final render soon!

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Week of 9/10/2017

This week was a short week due to mid-quarter reports day being on Friday. I spent the two class periods working on drone photography and researching rising technologies around the globe.

Here is a photo I captured of the building:


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Update 09/13/2017

In class today I did some reading on rising technologies of the 21st century. After the new iPhone 8, 8+, and X, was released, I have been realizing how quickly our world has been evolving. Everyday after I wake up and right before I shut my eyes, I look at my phone and check last minute tasks. I use it inbetween as well. The average human checks their phone close to 100 times a day. We are told to take digital detox's and step away from arguably the most personal device to a human nowadays. It seems almost impossible because they are necessary for almost every technological task. Communicating, taking photgraphs, checking the news, monitoring weather, and even flying drone. These are just a few of the infinite things that we can do on our phones. With the release of more and more technologies, I predict that we are moving further and further from interacting with just our phones within its own interface but instead with combining virtual worlds with reality; also known as augmented reality. Technology is like magic and we should treat it so. Instead of looking for ways to make it evil and work against us, we should use it to our advantage to make daily tasks easier.

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Update 09/11/2017

In class today each student presented their project to Aunty Tina, our substitute for the next two weeks. After I explained my main project of the Bionic Prosthetic Hand, I flew the Mavic Pro Drone and ran some tests on indoor flight. I think my biggest challenge with indoor flight in buildings with so much technology is that the magnetic field may interfere with the controls. I am figuring out a solution.

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Week of 9/03/2017

This week I was able to work on each of my projects a little which gave me the opportunity to see the bigger picture for the rest of the year.

As I stated earlier, my projects consist of the Bionic Prosthetic Hand, NASA Research; BASALT, PISCES, and HISEAS Projects, Drone Videography, Indoor & Outdoor, Mainly for virtual reality footage, and working on attaining a Ham Radio License. As my year unravels, I hope to find most of my work dedicated to research about the NASA Projects being conducted on the Big Island. I will also be meeting with Dr. Bill sometime in the next week to discuss possibilities for future models of my Bionic Prosthetic Hand. Stay tuned!

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Update 09/08/2017

Class today was a mostly us students presenting our projects to advocates of the STEM community in Waimea and the greater Big Island community.

As a review for myself and you, the readers of my blog, I wanted to specify the projects that I have been and will be a part of this year:

-Bionic Prosthetic Hand
-NASA Research; BASALT, PISCES, and HISEAS Projects
-Drone Videography, Indoor & Outdoor, Mainly for virtual reality footage
-Working on attaining a Ham Radio License

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Update 09/07/2017

Due to current natural occurrences around the globe, I am looking into hurricanes and their specific characteristics. In class today I looked up Hurricane Irma as it approaches South Florida (my home) and passes over the Carribean. It currently is a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Windscale, 150 Knots/185mph wind. My family and friends have been notified and asked to evacuate. Many have left to Atlanta and others, like my family, are going to wait to see what will happen. A few things may happen over the next few days: Firstly, Irma may turn up onto Florida and the east coast, secondly it may take a direct route and speed up over the Gulf of Mexico where it could potentially hit Texas and Northern Mexico. I will be watching it closely over the next 96 hours!

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Update 09/5/2017

I was absent.

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Week of 8/27/2017

This week school was cut short due to a Blue Zone presentation. During the class periods at the ELAB I was able to coordinate with Zoe on places and dates I am going to fly the done and to take frames in order to create a 3Dimensional virtual world of each classroom at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy.

On the other side of things, I am figuring out if I will end up retrieving the STL. file for my next model of my Bionic Prosthetic Hand. I will also need a grant to buy five more linear actuators as controls for the individual fingers. I am hoping to have this resolved by the end of next week!

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Update 08/31/2017

I worked with Zoe for most of the period today. As one of the drone pilots, I promised to take videos of classrooms and offices on campus and around Waimea for her virtual reality project. I will be flying the Mavic Pro by DJI with safety precautions, making sure that I get 360 degrees of freedom and images/videos. Each frame from the footage I take will be pieced together in order to make a render of a certain place. The goal is to have the entire HPA campus rendered on three-dimensional files for people around the world to see what it's like at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Zoe and I did a lot of planning today because the batteries and remote for the Mavic were not fully charged. Next period, we plan to get footage for 1-2 classroom(s) in the Energy Lab.

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Update 08/29/2017

In class on the 29th, I wired up my Bionic Prosthetic Hand, and tested the mobility of each finger. I figured that over summer break the wires acting as tendons deteriorated and the solder wore off. My assumption proved to be true, so I checked to make sure the code was up to date. After checking that everything on the software side looked pretty in tact, I tested the hand and the hardware. After connecting the three battery packs that were in my engineering box, I was getting no movement from the servos. I used a multimeter to measure the voltage drop across each individual battery pack and all were significantly lower than usual: 1.5V in one, 3.3V in another, and 1.9V in the last one. I found new fresh and fully charged batteries which valued a total of 5.9V (.1 under full) and the fingers on the hand moved accordingly!

I will continue my progress with this first model until there are no issues mechanically.

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Update 08/28/2017

Although today was a short period, I got some stuff that was on my check list for the week, completed. Firstly I found that the STL files to the Bionic prosthetic hand that I want to print come with a cost. Unfortunately, it is a bit higher than expected but I am hoping to get a grant in order to get it printed! Today I also was put in contact with Marc Seibert, the man I will be communicating with for all the NASA projects. I was promoted to be the student in charge of and contacted for the BASALT, PISCES, and HI-SEAS projects. I am so excited to be working beside some of the most knowledgable people in space exploration and habitual living off earth!


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Week of 8/20/2017

This week was our first week back to school and my first week back to working at the ELAB. I am proud to say that I have been diligently working on the VTOL Quadcopter and hoping to have it all wired up by the end of next week. My Bionic Prosthetic Hand project is also well on its way. I plan to print a model of Hand that supports my current gear and code. The hand will be controlled by linear actuators like the one I got from actuonix (completely compatible). This is what it will look like:



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Update 08/24/2017

This class we assembled the motors and the power distribution board!







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Update 08/22/2017

Today I got straight to work as soon as I arrived to the Energy Lab. I spent from 13:10 until 15:00 assembling the new drone frame we got. After I organized and accounted for all the necessary components of the main body frame, Daniel and I began piecing the stray parts together. Unfortunately, the drone kit did not come with a manual nor an instruction guide, so we looked online for our drone, only to find variations of the Tabot Ironman Drone 650, but we made it work.

As I promised yesterday, here are a few photos from our construction day!













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Update 08/21/2017

Class today was mostly an introduction to the new year and an orientation for new students to the Independent Science Research class with Dr. Bill. I introduced myself as well as the projects I will be a part of this year. Starting off with my bionic prosthetic hand, I shared my idea of creating/3D printing a new model of the hand that will have more dexterity. Secondly I informed the class in my interest in the NASA projects that take place around the islands. Specifically the BASALT, HISEAS, and PISCES studies. Lastly, I am working with Daniel Groves on building a quadcopter drone. The goal is to make use of it for surveillence, monitoring, and surveying. Today I began to peice together the parts that came in the mail at the end of last school year. Unfortunately I do not have an photos from todays class, but this is what a finished version of the drone frame will look like:



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2017-2018 Year Entry #1

ISR Proposal - Naibryf


“You think therefore you can.”


I am making a Bionic Prosthetic Hand that is completely 3D printed and is controlled by brainwaves for a transradial Amputee (amputation below the elbow). This upper extremity will give the user complete dexterity/range of motion for about 1/1000 the price of a regular robotic prosthesis. My goal is to make my prosthetic accessible to all in need. In the 2016-17 year, I completely 3D printed, coded, and put together an initial prototype that is controlled by a mimic hand with flex sensors. The goal for the 2017-18 year is to control the hand with the Emotiv Brainwave headset. My motto has been “You think therefore you can” and now I will truly try to think to make the hand move (can).


Abstract:

This is the Bionic Prosthetic Hand Project that is made of 3D Printed Material and gives the user complete mobility of all fingers and joints in the bio-hand at an affordable cost.


Introduction and Goals:

Growing up in an environment of doctors and engineers, I acquired a passion for making a difference in lives through technology. After reading articles on the modern day prosthetics, it amazed me how expensive, heavy, and how little mobility they gave the user. I want my project to change the life an amputee or someone born with malformation of a hand. It is my goal to be able to give back his or her hand back using modern technology.

Implementation and Challenges:

The primary goal is to have the hand completely controlled with the EEG Brainwave Headset. Using keystrokes and the new open platform that Emotiv and Arduino have set up, developers (including myself) will be able to have more functionality over the data from the headset. The most obvious challenge here is truly being able to control the each individual finger as if it was your own. Collecting data and analyzing patterns, is one of the biggest reasons I have recruited Emalia (Emi) Higgins to work with me. Apart from taking my project on after I graduate, she will learn the basics of code, 3D modeling and printing, and overall robotics. I plan to teach her everything she needs to know as well as complete the goal of finishing the prosthetic by May of 2018.


Impact and Legacy:

One might think that the most obvious projected outcome will be a fully functional bionic limb that will help other, which is true, but I want to make it a goal of mine to finish the project not only sharing this wonderful creation but learning about the technology behind it. I like to say that there is never enough research about a certain topic because there is always room to learn. I know that this project will throw some curveballs and set me back but I am hoping to improve my knowledge and skills in areas like programming where I see myself as a beginner.


Three Extreme Interfaces in bionic limbs

  • Mechanical: How the limb is attached to the biological body

    • Comfortability

      • Attached with synthetic skins with stiffness variations

        • Where the body is stiff, the synthetic body should be soft

          • And vice versa

          • Acetone (110C) to make it look glossy and realistic

  • Dynamic: How the prosthetic moves like flesh and bone

    • Control

        • “Fully maneuverable shadow hand for prototype

      • Myoelectric Control

      • Mirror box syndrome


    • Two options to my current knowledge

      • Nintendo power glove

        • Flex sensors that act as potentiometers

          • Finger angle to the servo for robotic hand

      • Gest (the exoskeleton glove as I like to call it)

  • Electrical: How it communicates with the body (nervous system)

    • Cortical Homunculus

      • is a neurological "map" of the anatomical divisions of the body

      • There are two types of cortical homunculus;

        • Sensory

        • Motor

          • Both fall under electrical, mechanical, and dynamic due to characteristics

    • Syntouch and tactile sensing (sensor technology)

      • Without this, the prosthetic is just like a numb hand/fingers

        • No feeling, sensitivity













Appendix A:


ampLevels250Upper.gif






Appendix B:

Critical

  • STL Files

    • The 3D models that I have created from open source schematics as well as my Blender/Autocad creations.

  • Printed parts

    • 3D Printer - Ultimaker

  • Arduino Software and Hardware

    • Arduino Micro - (2)

  • Emotiv Brainwave Headset

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FINAL WEBLOG of 2016-17

This year was an overall success. I started with an idea and I executed to my potential for the year. I am so happy with what I have completed. Looking back, I could not have completed what I did without outside help. I had Oliver Grayson help with some programming problems and mechanical construction (soldering), Oliver Weixing Nie and George Donev guide me through the 3D modeling and scaling for 3D prints, and Billy Mahoney (Database Specialist at CFHT) helped me through it all. I interned with Billy at Canada France Hawaii Telescope since mid-October and I have learned an immense amount. Just to name a few things: he taught me about arrays and different ways to incorporate problem-solving within my code, we worked on my soldering skills, designing integrated circuits, and baking solutions for creating circuits. I want to extend my greatest gratitude to him, Dr. Bill, and Mr. Halstead for everything they have done for me and my project while supporting me through my greatest dilemmas. Next year, I will work with Emalia Higgins on this project so she too can pass it on when I graduate. Next year I will pick up the project and start research with the Emotiv headset. I will begin working on making my Bionic Prosthetic Hand controlled by brainwaves. I must note that although I had some major challenges this year, I would not have changed the experience. Every bump on the road taught me something new and was essential to my end of the year success. Below are my 2016-17 (#1) and 2017-18 (#2) project proposals:



#2Proposal:

ISR Proposal - Naibryf


“You think therefore you can.”


I am making a Bionic Prosthetic Hand that is completely 3D printed and is controlled by brainwaves for a transradial Amputee (amputation below the elbow). This upper extremity will give the user complete dexterity/range of motion for about 1/1000 the price of a regular robotic prosthesis. My goal is to make my prosthetic accessible to all in need. In the 2016-17 year, I completely 3D printed, coded, and put together an initial prototype that is controlled by a mimic hand with flex sensors. The goal for the 2017-18 year is to control the hand with the Emotiv Brainwave headset. My motto has been “You think therefore you can” and now I will truly try to think to make the hand move (can).


Abstract:

This is the Bionic Prosthetic Hand Project that is made of 3D Printed Material and gives the user complete mobility of all fingers and joints in the bio-hand at an affordable cost.


Introduction and Goals:

Growing up in an environment of doctors and engineers, I acquired a passion for making a difference in lives through technology. After reading articles on the modern day prosthetics, it amazed me how expensive, heavy, and how little mobility they gave the user. I want my project to change the life an amputee or someone born with malformation of a hand. It is my goal to be able to give back his or her hand back using modern technology.

Implementation and Challenges:

The primary goal is to have the hand completely controlled with the EEG Brainwave Headset. Using keystrokes and the new open platform that Emotiv and Arduino have set up, developers (including myself) will be able to have more functionality over the data from the headset. The most obvious challenge here is truly being able to control the each individual finger as if it was your own. Collecting data and analyzing patterns, is one of the biggest reasons I have recruited Emalia (Emi) Higgins to work with me. Apart from taking my project on after I graduate, she will learn the basics of code, 3D modeling and printing, and overall robotics. I plan to teach her everything she needs to know as well as complete the goal of finishing the prosthetic by May of 2018.


Impact and Legacy:

One might think that the most obvious projected outcome will be a fully functional bionic limb that will help other, which is true, but I want to make it a goal of mine to finish the project not only sharing this wonderful creation but learning about the technology behind it. I like to say that there is never enough research about a certain topic because there is always room to learn. I know that this project will throw some curveballs and set me back but I am hoping to improve my knowledge and skills in areas like programming where I see myself as a beginner.


Three Extreme Interfaces in bionic limbs

  • Mechanical: How the limb is attached to the biological body

    • Comfortability

      • Attached with synthetic skins with stiffness variations

        • Where the body is stiff, the synthetic body should be soft

          • And vice versa

          • Acetone (110C) to make it look glossy and realistic

  • Dynamic: How the prosthetic moves like flesh and bone

    • Control

        • “Fully maneuverable shadow hand for prototype

      • Myoelectric Control

      • Mirror box syndrome


    • Two options to my current knowledge

      • Nintendo power glove

        • Flex sensors that act as potentiometers

          • Finger angle to the servo for robotic hand

      • Gest (the exoskeleton glove as I like to call it)

  • Electrical: How it communicates with the body (nervous system)

    • Cortical Homunculus

      • is a neurological "map" of the anatomical divisions of the body

      • There are two types of cortical homunculus;

        • Sensory

        • Motor

          • Both fall under electrical, mechanical, and dynamic due to characteristics

    • Syntouch and tactile sensing (sensor technology)

      • Without this, the prosthetic is just like a numb hand/fingers

        • No feeling, sensitivity













Appendix A:


ampLevels250Upper.gif






Appendix B:

Critical

  • STL Files

    • The 3D models that I have created from open source schematics as well as my Blender/Autocad creations.

  • Printed parts

    • 3D Printer - Ultimaker

  • Arduino Software and Hardware

    • Arduino Micro - (2)

  • Emotiv Brainwave Headset


#1Proposal:


Independent Science Research

Prosthetics:

“You think therefore you can”


Abstract: This is the Bionic Prosthetic Hand Project that will be made of 3D Printed Material, giving the user complete mobility of all fingers and joints in the biohand.


Background and Purpose: Growing up in an environment of doctors and engineers, I acquired a passion for making a difference in lives through technology. After reading articles on the modern day prosthetics, it amazed me how expensive, heavy, and how little mobility they gave the user. I want my project to change the life an amputee or someone born with malformation of a hand. It is my goal to be able to give back his or her hand back using modern technology.


Overview: In this small timeframe, I will dedicate my time toward printing, assembling, coding, and researching what will be the final product, a bionic prosthetic. I believe that printing and assembling the hand will be the easiest portion of the project, but making it come to life is another step forward. I will make two uses out of the hand: The primary goal is to have the hand completely controlled with the EEG Brainwave Headset, and followed by my second goal of creating a mimic glove in which the controller is a glove fitted with flex-sensors which allow the hand to follow the glove’s exact movements.


Outcome/impact: One might think that the most obvious projected outcome will be a fully functional bionic limb that will help other, which is true, but I want to make it a goal of mine to finish the project not only sharing this wonderful creation but learning about the technology behind it. I like to say that there is never enough research about a certain topic because there is always room to learn. I know that this project will throw some curveballs and set me back but I am hoping to improve my knowledge and skills in areas like programming where I see myself as a beginner.


Below is an outline with additional information about bionic limbs, some tools I will need in order to accomplish both primary and secondary goals, and how to make the prosthetic as real as possible.


Three Extreme Interfaces in bionic limbs

  • Mechanical: How the limb is attached to the biological body

    • Comfortability

      • Attached with synthetic skins with stiffness variations

        • Where the body is stiff, the synthetic body should be soft

          • And vice versa

          • Acetone (110C) to make it look glossy and realistic

  • Dynamic: How the prosthetic moves like flesh and bone

    • Control

        • Fully maneuverable shadow hand for prototype

      • Myoelectric Control

      • Mirror box syndrome


    • Two options to my current knowledge

      • Nintendo power glove

        • Flex sensors that act as potentiometers

          • Finger angle to the servo for robotic hand

      • Gest (the exoskeleton glove as I like to call it)

  • Electrical: How it communicates with the body (nervous system)

    • Cortical Homunculus

      • is a neurological "map" of the anatomical divisions of the body

      • There are two types of cortical homunculus;

        • Sensory

        • Motor

          • Both fall under electrical, mechanical, and dynamic due to characteristics

    • Syntouch and tactile sensing (sensor technology)

      • Without this, the prosthetic is just like a numb hand/fingers

        • No feeling, sensitivity


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