my name is Philip, I‘m a graduate student from Germany in the field of computer science. I’m a technology enthusiast, I like to work with all kinds of technology from mechanical parts to software. But most of all I love it when mechanics, electrical engineering and software come together in one project.
In my free time and also for university, I frequently work on different projects which often include 3D printing, circuit design and coding. One of my latest projects for example was a selfie machine which prints out photos taken with a raspberry pi camera on thermal paper. For this application I built a mechanical fish with some Legos I had lying around.
The selfie machine printing out my profile pic:
The moving Lego fish:
My workbench (rarely as clean as in this picture):
One of my favorite tools:
During my bachelor studies, I had a lecturer who worked at Festo. He organized a tour through the Festo site in Esslingen. I was fascinated by the 3D printing techniques used at Festo, but most of all by the Bionic projects that were shown to us. So when I read about the Bionic kit and the possibility to test it a few days ago, I was thrilled and immediately decided to participate.
If I get the chance to test the kit, I will try different things. First of all I plan to build the different projects of the kit to get an understanding how everything works. Afterwards I want to go further and check out the possibilities to integrate the different modules in own projects and take a closer look at the following aspects:
- How easy is it to write custom software and flash it on the microcontroller?
- How can the hardware of the kit be mechanically attached to other parts?
- How well are the interfaces documented and is the documentation understandable?
- For which purpose can the hardware be used and where are the limits?
If I come up with new software, 3D printable parts etc. for the kit, I will of course make it available for others for further exploration and development. Also I’ll look forward to get in contact with other testers to see what they use the kit for.
I’m probably not the best tester when it comes to education aspects, but if you want the kit to be tested from a makers and engineers point of view I’m perfect.
Best regards and good luck to the other participants!