Compilation of some of the Space Projects (30+) we have made over the years!
Make A Robot Smile (MARS) Bot (2019)
Toronto Science Fair
The robot had a sad face to start with. As soon as it detects a happy face in front of it, it turns its face to show a happy face and also raises his arm to wave the Canada Flag! The Robot has 2 goals: use Artificial Intelligence to detect facial emotions (Happy or Sad) and then make make the robot move depending on the face you make to the robot
Facial Expression Recognizing A.I Bot (2019)
Ontario Science Centre, Tech Art Fair
The Facial Expression Detection Robot is powered by Artificial Intelligence using Tensor Flow. It scans for human faces around it and turns a happy face when a happy face in front of it, and a sad face when the person in front of it is sad.
The robot uses a machine learning algorithm we wrote in python with Tensorflow and Keras to read the emotion on the person’s face, either Happy / Sad / Angry / Surprised / Neutral.
Deep Space Musical (2018)
NASA SpaceApps 2018 Toronto. Winner
We transformed some of the iconic images of the Hubble Space Telescope into sound and created a Musical of our Universe from birth of stars (using Pillars of Creation image), to the formation of galaxies of stars (using Hubble Ultra Deep Field image), to the violent end of stars (SuperNova 1987A image).
Smart Street Navigation Using Artificial Intelligence for City Kids (S.N.A.C.K) (2018)
Elevate – TD Bank Hackathon Top 5 Winner (among 86 teams)
The goal of our S.N.A.C.K project (Smart Street Navigation Using Artificial Intelligence for City Kids) was to find the safest path for kids to walk to their school and other places. It uses data from 5 databases from Open Data Toronto and Vision Zero Toronto document. It includes a database of city schools and parks, bicycling lanes, enhanced pedestrian safety traffic signals, school crossing guards, and pedestrian fatalities.
The artificial intelligence algorithm uses a feed-forward neural network created in python to predict the risk index of all intersections in Toronto. The neural network’s 5 input nodes would receive data about the crossing and the output node would provide the risk index.
Model Rockets with Live Telemetry Data and Videos (2018)
We love space and rockets. The ultimate thrill is making and launching your own rockets.
And fitting them with sensors and cameras to transmit live telemetry data and videos.
This is what we did!
KiloNova Battle Bot (2018)
Arushi built her 1 pound battlebot using motors, electronic speed controls, and radio transmitter and receiver and named it KiloNova.
KiloNova made its debut at the Bot Brawl event held at MakerExpo 2018 in Kitchener.
Research Balloon Mission-4: Space Radiation, CubeSats and Commerical Off-The-Shelf Technologies (2018)
Cubes in Space
I am excited that my project proposal to study the impact of Space Radiation on electronic components for the CubeSats has been accepted to fly into NASA zero-pressure, high altitude, scientific balloon.
My project is going to measure the impact of space radiation on the components needed to build low-cost #CubeSats.
Space-REX: Predict Risk Index of Asteroid Collision using Artificial Intelligence (2018)
Mission Hack Toronto
We decided to create a project which will use Artificial Intelligence / Neural Networks to predict the “Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale” for the collision of an asteroid with Earth. Our system would then convert the values of this scale into musical notes which would then be used to blink lights at the appropriate frequency on a custom designed hardware for displaying Asteroid data.
Trappist-1 Model: Lights, Music and Science (2018)
Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
Trappist-1’s Musical System light and sound model where the motion of the planets are controlled by the music they generate and they all synchronize for a grand finale! It required making, learning musical notes, coding of midi files, Arduino, relays, led lights and lot more: a very challenging project. So we had to do it!
Solar-X Device (2017)
Frontpage coverage in Toronto Metro Newspaper
To take solar measurements and help us understand more about Solar Eclipses and Climate Change.
Black Hole Robot (2017)
TAVES Electronics Show, Maker Festival 2017
Our 30 lbs battle bot and a veteran of several robot battles!
Yes I Can: Satellite Art (2017)
Winner of Canadian Space Agency SpaceApps Awards 2017
Canada 150 logo and other mosaics made using data gathered by the Canadian Satellite RadarSat-2.
Canadarm 2 Model (2017)
March for Science Toronto
A model of the Canada Arm fitted with motorised jaws to pick up objects. Played a role in our TIFF Jump Cuts Finalist Movie: the Making of Canada.
Made its debut at the March for Science Toronto on 22 April 2017.
The Cosmic Dance (2017)
MakerFest 2017 Installation
The traditional Indian puppets are moved using Servos. Their movements are determined by signals from Space. We used a Geiger counter to capture alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays which produced the signals.
Inspired by our Galactic Bot’s popularity, we created a more advanced version which could also study the spectrum of the Sun and project it on a computer.
Gesture Sensing Helmet (2015)
Fashion Zone 2015 Winner
A gesture sensor was embedded on a bicycle helmet. Allows cyclists to give turn signals using gestures!
Fix the Six (2016)
Climathon 2016 First Prize and Climate Leadership Award
To reduce climate emissions in the transport sector by 5%.
Drop the Drought (2017)
Winner NASA Space Apps 2017 and Global Nominee
To predict droughts using NASA Satellite data from Landsat and Terra Modis in Kenya-Uganda Border.
M.A.R.S (Maze solving Algorithm for Rovers and Space Applications) Path-Finding Rover (2016)
The rover has a camera and uses a maze-solving algorithm (using MatLab) to find a path around obstacles. Useful for autonomous rovers.
3-D Printed Prosthetic Hand (2015)
Featured in the Toronto Star
First-ever “Handathon” to assemble prosthetic hands that will be sent to children who need them.
Galactic Bot (2015)
Hardware Hackathon 2015 winner
Made within 24 hours to learn more about temperature, color, age and composition of stars. It can recreate colors of different stars using RGB LEDs and is open source!
Roll-it, Roll-it Robot (2016)
Toronto Science Fair
A robot that rolls on the ground. Uses servo and gravity to propel itself forward.
Artificial Plant (2016)
Toronto Science Fair
The robotic plant grows based on sensor inputs which determine gravity, moisture and light!
Maze-solving Algorithm Rover (M.A.R.S)
NASA SpaceApps 2016
The rover avoids obstacles using the maze-solving algorithm.
Pengy: The Drawing Bot (2015)
Maker Fest Toronto
The robot uses two servos and Arduino to make drawings based on pre-programmed coordinates.
It makes use of inverse kinematics to produce the movements.
Toronto Playground (2014)
Maker Fest Toronto
One of our very first projects to simulate children playing in Toronto parks. The park made was Stanley Park and it had see-saw, swings, merry go round, and water fountain switching on sequentially using an Arduino.
Chris Hows-It-Feel Bot (2014)
Maker Fest Toronto
The robot moved around singing songs from Star Wars. It could move its head and hard arms to wave the Canadian flag. It could also record and display temperature and humidity data.
Apollo 11/Saturn V Working Model (2015)
NASA Space Apps
Using Arduinos, Sensors, Transreceivers, Motors and NASA audio files. We made a 30 LEDs Sequence Panel, Launch Pad 39A, Countdown Clock, Saturn V Rocket and Electric Bolts. Actions were automated to Countdown Clock (1) Retraction of Arms (2) Rocket going to Internal Power (3) Firing of Bolts (4) Rocket blasted using mechanical force (5) Rocket transmitting live telemetry data (Pitch, Roll, Yaw, Acceleration, Altitude) on display screen over wireless.
The project was inspired by our family’s visit to the Kennedy Space Centre’s Apollo 11 / Saturn V building in 2015 where we saw the Control Room for the launch along with the giant Sequence Panel, VAB, Launch Pad and the Saturn V rocket itself.