Improving Lidar/RADAR and other photon emissive sensors through data transmission, utilizing Continuous Wave Frequency Modulation (CWFM).
Lidar has emerged as one of the critical components in the quest to build a fully autonomous vehicle. Its provides the spatial resolution required to accurately discern and identify a wide variety of objects and operates at ranges far enough in front of the vehicle that computational models of the environment can be built and meaningful action taken...
Current space craft positioning and navigation systems are well suited for operations within our own solar system. However, as mankind continues to push out into deep space and explore interstellar space, the traditional methods employed become far less practical. This paper explores the possibility of a space craft determining its position and velocity using the on-board detection of multiple, continuous, gravitational wave sources. This technique would allow space craft to determine their location over a much larger area than is currently possible (for example, within or between galaxies) all without any reliance upon the earth.
Assisted Saber Astronautics flight test the "DragEN" tether deployment mechansim with NASA's flight opportunities program. DragEN is designed to address the growing threat of space junk by un-rolling a conductive tether which uses the magnetic field of the Earth to gently drag a dead satellite back into the atmosphere allowing it to burn up safely at the end of its life. The experiements were conducted on a modified boeing 727 out of Ellington Field Houston Tx, with each flight comprising 40 parabolas of approximately 20-30s of zero gravity each.
In order to showcase the work of Doctors at the Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute. A dual screen interactive exhibit was designed to demonstrate research being undertaken at various regions of the human body. Each screen contained a PID controlled 24VDC motor with optical encoder feedback. Dual light curtains and over current shutoff in the event that an obstical was encountered.
Marathon Targets develop smart autonomous targets for live fire training. We designed a drive train replacement that was 70% cheaper than the existing design while still meeting acceleration and top speed requirements.
Machinability produce high quality engineering and prototype products. Barley Max is a musuem exhibit created with Machinability for the CSIRO. Children select different food options for Max to eat and Max shows his appreciation or dissatisfaction based on the choices they make. Max's movement is controlled using an arduino micro controller, Saberototh motor driver and two linear actuators.
The Macquarie University 'Griggs Press' is designed to emulate the temperature and pressure experienced by rocks hundreds of kilometers below the earths surface. A control system was designed using National Instruments hardware and LabView software to provide accurate measurement and control of
BT Imaging designs and builds manufacturing tools used by the manufacturers of photovoltaic bricks, wafers and cells. In 2008 I helped to design and build the LIS-R1 solar wafer inspection platform using laser luminescence. This project included:
Using a combination of industrial PLC controllers and pneumatic actuators and valves to automate the packaging of paper hand towels for an Australian manufacturer. Our solution reduced labour requirements by 66% whilst increasing production yields by 50%.
Designed to track human movements within a building and generate real time alerts via SMS and email when an elderly person falls.
A car crash simulator was designed for the NRMA car crash showroom. The simulator combined hydrualic actuation of the suspension of a car while the user was seated inside wearing an Oculus Rift headset. The experience combined tactile motion of the vehicle with visual and audio feedback being provided by the Oculus Rift. This exhibit won "Best in show" at the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter show where it was also showcased.
The Ivy nightclub Sydney wanted a unique exhibit for their Saturday night Pacha event. We designed and implemented the electronics and control system for the "Pacha Ball" which comprised five linear actuated petals, smoke machine with strobe and LED strip lighting. The entire ball was remote controlled and timed to the Pacha event.
Assisted Saber Astronautics & The University of Sydney to bring their satellite communications ground station online. This ground station will be used to provide satellite telemetry (receive and transmit) capabilities to Saber Astronautic's customers.
The Actors Pulse Sydney is an acting school specialising in Meisner Technique. We built an entire school management system that allows teachers to mark classes and the roll from a tablet in class. Student enrolments can be taken online and are automatically invoiced, The schools entire billing system is managed and Studio bookings can be taken online. Inbound sales enquiries are tracked and and logged from point of reception through to conversion to paying students. Students marks & details are stored, and a fully featured reporting engine was developed. The system automated many of the schools processes from emails through to taking enrolments.