Bharaj, Gaurav; Coros, Stelian; Thomaszewski, Bernhard; Tompkin, James; Bickel, BerndIST Austria ; Pfister, Hanspeter
Creating mechanical automata that can walk in stable and pleasing manners is a challenging task that requires both skill and expertise. We propose to use computational design to offset the technical difficulties of this process. A simple drag-and-drop interface allows casual users to create personalized walking toys from a library of pre-defined template mechanisms. Provided with this input, our method leverages physical simulation and evolutionary optimization to refine the mechanical designs such that the resulting toys are able to walk. The optimization process is guided by an intuitive set of objectives that measure the quality of the walking motions. We demonstrate our approach on a set of simulated mechanical toys with different numbers of legs and various distinct gaits. Two fabricated prototypes showcase the feasibility of our designs.
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SCA: ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer animation
Los Angeles, CA, United States
2015-08-07 – 2015-08-09
Bharaj G, Coros S, Thomaszewski B, Tompkin J, Bickel B, Pfister H. Computational design of walking automata. In: ACM; 2015:93-100. doi:10.1145/2786784.2786803
Bharaj, G., Coros, S., Thomaszewski, B., Tompkin, J., Bickel, B., & Pfister, H. (2015). Computational design of walking automata (pp. 93–100). Presented at the SCA: ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer animation, Los Angeles, CA, United States: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2786784.2786803
Bharaj, Gaurav, Stelian Coros, Bernhard Thomaszewski, James Tompkin, Bernd Bickel, and Hanspeter Pfister. “Computational Design of Walking Automata,” 93–100. ACM, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1145/2786784.2786803.
G. Bharaj, S. Coros, B. Thomaszewski, J. Tompkin, B. Bickel, and H. Pfister, “Computational design of walking automata,” presented at the SCA: ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer animation, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 2015, pp. 93–100.
Bharaj G, Coros S, Thomaszewski B, Tompkin J, Bickel B, Pfister H. 2015. Computational design of walking automata. SCA: ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer animation, 93–100.
Bharaj, Gaurav, et al. Computational Design of Walking Automata. ACM, 2015, pp. 93–100, doi:10.1145/2786784.2786803.