Application Specific Protective Body Panels for the ESCHER Humanoid Robot

Humanoid robots are currently being developed for haz- ard response in industrial facilities for the DARPA Robotic Challenge (DRC) and as a watch/inspector/first responder onboard U.S. Navy ships. In both applications, the exteri- or panels of the robot need to clearly identify the robot in its role while also providing protection from impact, heat and water damage. In this project, artists, designers and engineers are working together to create a contoured suit of interlocking protective panels for the ESCHER human- oid robot designed to promote familiarity and recognition of the robot as an emergency first responder. The team has completed color, form, and brand studies that inform changes to the visual appearance of ESCHER. Digitally sculpted 3D printed parts of Ultem high temperature plastic have been designed with these studies in mind to soften the hard angles of the existing robot frame and bring inline the overall proportions. Bridging negative spaces between hard panels is a custom manufactured water resistant flexible fabric that is extremely flame resis- tant and dimensionally stable at high temperatures.

Learn more: http://www.vthumanoidrobot.com/

Members: 

Participants: Sam Blanchard, Assistant Professor of Studio Art in the School of Visual Arts
Meaghan Dee, Assistant Professor and Chair of Visual Communication Design Program
Dr. Brian Lattimer, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Phat Ngyuen, Graduate Student in the Creative Technologies Program

Collaborative Colleges: 
Architecture & Urban Studies
Engineering