Introducing Gertie

04/23/2013 : 16:44

Robotic lamp Gertie - picture: Fabian Gerlinghaus

The robotic lamp Gertie can express four different emotions by the movement of its body. It was developed by TUM student Fabian Gerlinghaus with support of two CoTeSys related institutes.

Gertie is sad. The blue lamp leans back and hangs its head. A light object that shows feelings? It's possible: Lamp Gertie can express four different emotions by the movement of its body. It was developed by TUM student Fabian Gerlinghaus. This fall, he wants to found a company and develop the prototype so that it can be produced in series.

How many axes are needed, how many moves must be possible – and how fast must they be? How many rotations? Gerlinghaus went through a lot of ideas in his head before he was able to design the components by means of a CAD program. The approximately 40 individual parts are made of ABS plastic. Gerlinghaus glued and screwed them together: "I focused on the development of the hardware." He received a lot of support from the TUM's Institute for Cognitive Systems (Electrical Engineering and Information Technology) and the Institute for Product Development (Mechanical Engineering). He was provided with a workplace and with the necessary financial support for the construction of the prototype.

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