Prototype for a new Bio Machine

At the invitation from CBK Drenthe, Assen/NL, for the exhibition ‘Nature Now‘ the work titled ‘Prototype for a New BioMachine’ by Ivan Henriques is developed. This prototype is the continuation of JAP and beginning of a further research about living organisms connected to machines. Some improvements have been done concerned to interactivity as to use another the plant with scientific name Homalomena. This plant has bigger leafs, increasing the interface size. And also concerned to stability, redesigning the electronic board which will be able to provide enough flexibility for future developments.

How can we create autopoietic (*) machines that maintain an organized autonomous robotic structure assembling living organisms and machines? Can we re-create a world which is more coherent with all the specimens?

The final goal of this research is to assemble, even more, wet and dry machines to live together, creating a symbiotic relationship, possibly extend and amplify energy from living organisms to develop an autonomous Symbiotic Machine.

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Prototype for a new Bio Machine

Simbits developed the Sensor and Controller board. The controller is designed in a modular fashion consisting of a base board and a stack-on controller board. This has been done to be able to provide enough flexibility during future developments. Current version of the controller board has 4 DACs for wheelchair control and 3 sensor inputs.

Base board features:

  • 14 – 26V input
  • 2 250V, 16A relay outputs
  • 2 low-pass filtered sensor inputs on separate psu
  • Arduino Mega

Stack-on controller board features:

  •  4 DAC outputs
  • 3 sensor inputs
  • 5 auxiliary status LEDs
  • Communication busses: I2C, SPI, UART
  • 5 AD lines
  • 10 GPIO
  • 5 PWM
  • 5V, 12V supply lines