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CouchSurfer: Joystick-controlled armchair

Henry Snow and I built CouchSurfer on a whim as a 24-hour project in February 2012.  Most of the components for CouchSurfer were scavenged from CWRU Cutter’s old and unwanted components.  We started the project at around 9pm, worked through the night and well past sunrise, took a few-hour break, and then had a working, …

CWRU Cutter Cinco

CWRU Cutter “Cinco”

“CWRU Cutter,” Case Western’s team for the ION “RoboMow” autonomous lawnmower competition, competed in its fifth season from May  31 – June 2, 2012, in Dayton, OH, placing third in the advanced category.  Replacing Andrew Smith as the team’s lead mechanical engineer, I was responsible for hardware development on the mower.  In addition to designing …